Royal Bank of Canada named Jefferies Group's Michael Armstrong as head of its U.S. wealth-management business.

Armstrong, global head of wealth management at New York-based Jefferies since 2014, will join RBC Wealth Management later this year, the Toronto-based firm said in an internal memo that was obtained Friday by Bloomberg News. He will replace John Taft, chief executive officer of RBC Wealth Management U.S., who plans to retire May 31; Taft will report to Russell Goldsmith, CEO of the lender's City National Bank unit.

At Jefferies, "the firm grew its assets under management, expanded its product and service offerings and attracted numerous teams of financial advisers," Goldsmith said in the memo.

Richard Khaleel, a Jefferies spokesman, declined to comment. AdvisorHub reported the appointment earlier Friday.

Armstrong worked at Morgan Stanley from 1987 to 2012, overseeing the company's private-wealth management division, leading the equity division's international prime brokerage unit in London and working in Hong Kong as the regional chief operating officer, according to the memo. Royal Bank last month named former Montreal Canadiens draft pick Tom Sagissor as president of its U.S. wealth-management business.

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