The news was shared with BofA-Merrill’s 17,500-plus advisors in an internal memo, according to David Tyrie, head of Personal Wealth & Retirement for Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Maghani will replace John Mulhall, who left the group in late July, on Oct. 1.
“The floodgates opened to fill this role,” said Tyrie, right, in an interview with AdvisorOne, a sister publication of LifeHeathPro.com. “Roles like this are few and far between, and fortunately we heard from dozens of folks who were intereste …Mike is a big name in the industry and ran the business successfully at one of our competitors. He’s head and shoulders above the other candidates in terms of being qualified.”
According to Merrill, Maghani is a 30-year industry veteran who has worked for Citigroup, SunAmerica Asset Management, UBS and Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. At MSSB, he most recently served as director of distribution for the company’s Annuity and Insurance Services business.
“He’s worked on business development, as well as platform and product development,” said Tyrie. “As we sat down and talked about the role, it was clear that we didn’t need to educate him on anything. He stood apart.”
Today’s advisors need share with clients insights, planning tools and “an array of solutions to help them have the best life possible,” he explained. Maghani’s task will be focused on “helping us develop this as a business through strategic development, planning and product alignment,” shared Tyrie.