Nikko AM appoints new BDM

Nikko Asset Management Australia (Nikko AM) has appointed Damien Casey to the role of business development manager (BDM), as which he would specifically focus on the wholesale market in New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory and Queensland.

Casey would be based in Sydney and report to Rob Bluzmanis, head of wholesale sales for Nikko AM.

He had previously worked at Lonsec as a BDM, where he distributed its managed accounts and consulting services to the advice market. He had also worked at Rainmaker covering institutional and wholesale markets across all asset classes, and as a paralegal for legal services firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth.

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Bluzmanis said the appointment of Casey was driven by a changing economic and regulatory environment and would ensure Nikko AM continued to remain innovative through targeted sales activity.

“Damien is a superb addition to the team and joins at a critical growth juncture,” Bluzmanis said.

“He’ll be responsible for implementing our sales strategy across Wholesale Accounts, Private Wealth and retail advisers and importantly, will deepen relationships with advisor groups within these segments.

“With proven expertise in sales engagement, investment knowledge and client service, Damien is well-placed to capitalise on the heightened need for Nikko AM to introduce new ideas and methods into sales-based initiatives, and we’re extremely confident in his ability to deliver.”




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