Nikko AM appoints new head of distribution

Nikko Asset Management has announced the promotion of Rob Bluzmanis from head of wholesale sales to head of distribution for Australia, with immediate effect.

In his new role he would report directly to managing director, Sam Hallinan. The appointment also followed the resignation of Eddy Schipper who would be leaving the firm in early August.

Bluzmanis has been with Nikko AM since 2015 and had over 20 years of experience in asset management sales and distribution. He also managed Nikko AM’s retails sales sand research team and helped maintain the success of the wholesale sales strategy, the firm said.

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“Rob’s appointment comes at a time of strong growth in the Nikko AM business and his proven success in leveraging his relationships to grow the business will stand him in good stead and in this new role,” Hallinan said.

“Rob’s experience and expertise mean he is ideally placed to continue to build on the already strong efforts of the Australian distribution team, and to capitalise on business growth and momentum we are seeing in the market.”

Prior to joining Nikko AM, he spent eight years at BlackRock Australia where he held a number of roles across sales and account management roles, most recently as director and head of national key accounts and research.

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