Foresters Financial appoints chief executive

Funeral and investment product provider, Foresters Financial, has appointed Emma Sakellaris, former Rural Aid director of philanthropy and development, to the role of chief executive.

Sakellaris was previously executive general manager at Australian Unity Trustees, where she was responsible for the launch of its trustee company.

She started her financial services career at ANZ Wealth before moving to ANZ Trustees where she led the client management function. She helped lead the merger between ANZ Trustees and Equity Trustees, and subsequently joined Equity Trustees as general manager of estates and trusts.

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Caroline Banhidy, chair of Foresters Financial, said Sakellaris’ appointment came at a pivotal time for the company’s growth as a range of products would be launching this year.

“Emma’s expertise in the establishment and running of trustee companies, as well as her significant experience with management of client relationships, including multi-generational; charitable and estate law, and investment management make her a good fit for the team,” Banhidy said.

“This experience will help pave the way for Foresters as it enters its next stage of growth.”

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