Before working as national sales director at MetLife, Ewens spent 24 years at Norwich Union where he held the title of top sales consultant for 10 years.
In his new role Ewens will head up Openwork’s business development and telephone sales teams and have day-to-day responsibility for running recruitment and the network’s referral company Openwork Market Solutions.
He will also act as Openwork’s principle liaison with its IFAs and assume control of the Openwork protection service which is a major focus for the network in 2015 as it works to narrow the protection gap.
Mark Duckworth, managing director of distribution and marketing at Openwork, said: “Following an extremely successful 2014 we are thrilled to announce that Dave will be joining us to help build on the significant progress we have made in the last couple of years.
“Distribution directors with Dave’s ability and experience are rare and we are fortunate to have him on board following two years of profitability and our recent deal with MetLife UK which took the total number of advisers across the group to 3,000.”
In September, MetLife transferred over 900 of its self-employed advisers to Openwork in a move which allow the network to deliver its protection proposition more widely.