Chris Briant appointed Parametric chief executive, Australasia

Parametric Portfolio Associates has strengthened its Australian team with the appointment of Chris Briant as chief executive, Australasia.

Briant joins the portfolio solutions provider from Tibra Investment Management, where he served as CEO for more than two years.

Prior to that he was director, business development at Russell Investments from 2007 to 2011. In the past he has worked for BNP Paribas Securities Services, JP Morgan Investor Services and BT Funds Management.

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Briant joins the firm following the recent departure of former managing director Australia Scott Lawrence.

"Scott has been instrumental in establishing Parametric's brand in Australia, first as a consultant and then as managing director," Parametric CEO Brian Langstraat said.

Briant will be responsible for developing Parametric's offering, particularly as the Australian superannuation industry adapts to meet MySuper. He will report to Langstraat.

"He (Briant) has an excellent reputation in the investment community and a made-to-order skillset that fits extremely well with Parametric's core capabilities," Langstraat said.

In addition to Briant, the firm's Seattle-based operations supervisor Jackie Viars will relocate to Sydney to oversee Parametric's expanding Australian market offering.

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