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Schroders names intermediary sales lead

By Jessica Penny
2 minute read

The investment manager has appointed an experienced product distribution lead to its sales team.

Schroders Australia has appointed Jude Fernandez to the role of head of intermediary sales, who will formally commence with the firm in late April.

According to the investment manager, he has a “strong history” with the firm, having worked with the company from 2005 to 2015 as a national account manager.

Fernandez, who will be based in Sydney in his new capacity, will report to Schroders head of client group Australia, Ray Macken.

In rejoining the investment manager, he brings more than two decades of experience in product distribution to the role, including a five-year stint at Copia Investment Partners as distribution manager.

Before this, Fernandez spent four years as national sales manager at Paradice Investment Management and has additionally worked for State Street and CBA.

Schroders Australia chief executive and chief investment officer Simon Doyle welcomed him back to the team.

“Jude is a well-respected, passionate, and collaborative sales leader who has established strong connections with our wealth clients across various levels and geographies. I am confident that he will make an immediate and valuable contribution to the firm,” Doyle commented.

“He has a proven track record gained, not only during his time at Schroders, but also over the past nine years which have been spent in distribution roles.

“His background and experience round out the skill set of the distribution team. He is an excellent fit with the business.”

Schroders announced in June that Doyle would take on the role of CEO alongside his ongoing role of chief investment officer, a position he had held since February 2022.

At the time, it said the move is part of its “future-focused evolution” as Doyle, who has been with the company for more than 20 years, succeeds Sam Hallinan who has led Schroders Australia since April 2021.

“Schroders recognises the critical importance and value of our investment proposition to clients and the need to tailor our capabilities to help solve their specific needs,” it explained.