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New Bennelong hires support domestic and offshore clients

Bennelong Funds Management has appointed Amara Haqqani to the newly created role of chief client strategy officer.

Ms Haqqani will be based in Sydney and report to Bennelong’s chief executive officer, Craig Bingham.

Ms Haqqani will focus on identifying the needs of Bennelong’s clients, both domestically and offshore, and ensuring investment products and solutions are developed to meet those needs. Marta Galli, senior product manager, will report to Ms Haqqani.

Mr Bingham said Ms Haqqani’s in-depth knowledge of funds management and financial policy and strategy will play a pivotal role as Bennelong continues to grow in Australia and beyond.

“The traditional client profile is changing, and we’re working in a more nuanced and complex environment. It’s critical that we adapt and build solutions to meet those changing clients needs to ensure we remain relevant to our clients into the future.

“Amara’s extensive experience and passion for customer-centricity is the perfect fit for Bennelong in our ongoing commitment to put our clients at the heart of everything we do.”

Ms Haqqani was most recently a director for actuarial consulting firm Milliman. Prior to this, she held senior policy and compliance roles at the Financial Services Council, Challenger Limited and RBC Global Asset Management, as well as product roles at Equity Trustees, Orchard and Aviva.

“Following a number of years focusing on superannuation members and their retirement income needs, I am now broadening my scope to all types of financial services clients,” said Ms Haqqani.

“I’m looking forward to using my experience across product, policy and risk management to further develop Bennelong’s offering.”

The appointment follows a trio of recent hires at Bennelong’s UK arm, BennBridge, bolstering its senior leadership team. Naureen Khan has been appointed managing director, Client Group UK and Europe; Dicken Watson has been appointed chief business officer and general counsel; and Charles Oldmeadow has been appointed director, client group UK and Europe.

“Our global offering spans various audiences, but what remains consistent is our focus on delivering the best outcomes for our clients,” said Mr Bingham.

“These appointments further strengthen our client capability as we position the business for the next phase in its growth – both here in Australia and overseas.”

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