Australian Unity has made two senior appointments as part of an expansion of its investments business.
The insurer this week announced the appointment of George Cupac as head of private markets and institutional clients and Shantini Nair as head of commercial business.
The company is now providing a range of portfolio services for its clients including a new A-REIT capability, an expanding sustainable investment capability in addition to its wholly-owned Australian fixed interest and cash manager, Altius Asset Management, and joint venture partners Platypus Asset Management and Acorn Capital.
Geraldine Barlow, executive general manager, investments at Australian Unity said the appointments come at a crucial time for the business.
“Customer demand and support for our capability, particularly in the area of sustainable investing, are driving significant growth for our business,” Ms Barlow said.
Mr Cupac joins Australian Unity from FIIG Securities where he spent the last three years as state manager for Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia. He has also held senior roles in foreign exchange and as a private banker in Europe.
Ms Nair has a background in funds management, fund formation and capital raising across a range of asset classes having worked in Australia and England. She has also held senior roles at BT Funds Management and AMP Capital. Her career commenced with Henderson Global Investors.
“George and Shantini’s appointments are key to cementing our next phase of growth and further aligning our investment capability with the needs of our clients and with the broader Australian Unity Group,” Ms Barlow said.
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