Bennett will take over his new responsibility in February 2013 and will report to Clive Wright, head of PWM, Offshore.

Bennett is a veteran having over 20 years banking experience and will work closely with Clive and Valentina Tacchino, head of PWM International in order to support the needs of HNWI, intermediaries and corporate clients, and to drive the growth of the international business.

He joins from Schroders Private Banking, where he has spent 13 years, most recently as an executive director and head of private banking in the Channel Islands, and prior to it, he was with Lloyds TSB.

Commenting on the appointment, Clive Wright said: "We celebrate our 50th year in Guernsey in 2013 and I am delighted that Nick will be joining us as we continue to strengthen our offering to offshore clients and drive the growth of our international business."

Stephen Rothwell, Head of Private Wealth Management at Kleinwort Benson, added: "Nick has a deep knowledge of the international private banking market and will be a great asset to our team. His track record in looking after the needs of highly complex, multi-jurisdictional private clients and institutions adds further impetus to the development of Kleinwort Benson’s Private Wealth Management business."