Marian Azer has taken the role reporting to chief executive Paul Roberts, where she will be held responsible for market engagement, client success and market strategy across the region, with a particular emphasis on the Australian and New Zealand markets.
Ms Azer has joined the group after holding the position of managing director at RBC Investor & Treasury Services, with responsibility for the APAC and global middle office product functions, as well as chief operating officer, global client coverage for Australia.
She was previously head of product, investor services in Australia and New Zealand at JP Morgan Chase. She had also held senior roles at Mercer and BNP Paribas.
Capital Group CEO Paul Roberts said Milestone, an Australian-headquartered firm, was pivoting from previously placing its energy into becoming a global player, with the forming of the APAC managing director position.
“We’ve created this role as a key element of our refreshed global strategy, which puts additional weight and attention on the APAC markets, with Australia and New Zealand being a focus,” Mr Roberts said.
“…Marian’s background and commitment to innovation are ideally suited to our agenda, making it an exciting time to lead our APAC and Australian business as we begin this chapter of sharing international capabilities and solutions with the market for the benefit of our clients and their investors.”
Mr Roberts added the company is focusing on being a specialist provider to asset managers, owners and servicers globally.
“Marian’s background, expertise and collaborative approach will serve to strengthen our value and presence and we are excited to have her as part of our management team,” he said.
Ms Azer added: “I have watched Milestone Group grow and evolve over the years and have always been impressed by the way it thinks differently to solve the challenges our industry faces.”
“I see a real opportunity to add value at a time asset owners, managers and servicers are seeking fresh ideas and approaches and I am personally delighted to be leading that effort.”
Sarah Simpkins is a journalist at Momentum Media, reporting primarily on banking, financial services and wealth.
Prior to joining the team in 2018, Sarah worked in trade media and produced stories for a current affairs program on community radio.
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