Wealth management firm Grant Samuel Funds Management has appointed a former senior BDM at Fidante Partners to the newly created role of key account manager.
Stephen Higgins will step into the Sydney-based role of key account manager and be responsible for independent financial adviser, private bank and family office channels, according to a GSFM spokesperson.
Mr Higgins has had experience as a business development manager at a variety of firms both in Australia and abroad, such as Toronto’s Bank of Montreal Global Asset Management, Colonial First State Investments, Zurich Investments, Perpetual Investments and UBS (London).
GSFM chief executive Damien McIntyre said that the new position of key account manager had been created because of “growth in demand from the retail market”.
“Stephen has over sixteen years’ experience in the financial services industry and is a welcome addition to the GSFM retail distribution team,” Mr McIntyre said.
“He has strong technical knowledge, a broad understanding of the funds management market, in-depth knowledge of portfolio construction and experience distributing fixed income, equities, alternatives and multi-asset funds, all of which make him a good match for the GSFM product line-up.”
Mr Higgins will report to head of retail distribution Stephen Fletcher and has already commenced in the new position.