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Russell Investments has appointed Irshaad Ahmad to the new role of managing director UK, effective 15 September.

Russell Investments has appointed Irshaad Ahmad to the new role of managing director UK, effective 15 September.

Ahmad joins the EMEA team from Russell’s Canadian business which he joined in 2004. He also brings in-depth knowledge of the institutional market, having joined Russell from Mercer where he held a senior leadership role in their investment consulting business in Canada.

Johan Cras, chief executive EMEA, says: ‘Irshaad’s appointment reflects the breadth of talent amongst Russell’s associate base around the globe. His broad skill-set blends senior level expertise in helping independent financial advisers and institutional investors, and this rounded perspective will be invaluable in building our business in the UK at this pivotal time in the market’s development. I am delighted to welcome him to the EMEA team.’

‘The challenges and opportunities facing the UK’s GBP3,000bn asset management industry represent huge potential for a firm with Russell’s consulting heritage,’ adds Ahmad. ‘Institutional investors require tailored investment plans with ever higher levels of fiduciary care to handle their complex investment needs, while the financial planning and advisory community is at an inflexion point in their business development, catalysed by the RDR. It is an exciting time to be joining the UK team and I very much look forward to working with them.’

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