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National Bank of Canada has named Nancy Paquet as its next executive vice-president for wealth management, taking over from Martin Gagnon who retired in April.

Beginning Nov. 1, Paquet will oversee the bank’s wealth management activities and serve on its senior leadership team, reporting to president and CEO Laurent Ferreira.

Denis Girouard, executive vice-president and co-head of financial markets, has been leading the bank’s wealth management division on an interim basis since Gagnon’s retirement.

Paquet, who has worked at National Bank since 2007, will oversee its full-service and self-directed brokerages, investment product manufacturing and distribution, third-party clearing and trust services, the bank said in a release.

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She’s been senior vice-president of personal banking since last year, responsible for the retail distribution network, exclusive remote advisory service, Natbank (NBC’s subsidiary in Florida) and the Canadian consumer financing network.

“Throughout her career, Nancy has helped successfully advance the bank’s investment strategy by making advice central to our positioning,” Ferreira said in a statement. “She is ideally suited to lead our differentiated wealth management franchise, a key pillar in our strategy to accelerate our growth.”

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