Old Mutual Global Investors appoints Cristiano Busnardo as country head, Italy


Old Mutual Global Investors (OMGI), part of Old Mutual Wealth, today announces the appointment of Cristiano Busnardo, who joined the company on 1 September, in the newly created position of country head, Italy.  He will report to Allan MacLeod, head of international distribution.

Based in OMGI’s new Milan branch (subject to regulatory approval), Cristiano will be responsible for driving OMGI’s growth within Italy. Since its formation in 2012, OMGI has steadily developed a European presence and now manages £3.9bn for clients across Europe (ex UK) with £106.8mon behalf of Italian investors.  Cristiano is tasked with nurturing OMGI’s established Italian client base, as well as developing relationships with new investors. He will service clients across a spectrum of financial institutions, including wealth managers, private banks, family offices, pension funds, insurance and asset management companies.

Cristiano has over 20 years’ experience working in the financial services industry in sales and marketing roles. His previous position was deputy general manager, head of sales for Allfunds Bank S.A., Italian branch, based in Milan, a role he held since September 2011. Prior to this he has worked in a number of senior sales and distribution positions in Italy, including two years at Prima SGR and nine years as country manager at Societe Generale Asset Management Italia SIM. He started his career in 1992 at ING group.

A key part of OMGI’s growth strategy is to significantly increase its international distribution capability, including developing its visibility throughout Europe. This appointment completes the European sales team and represents OMGI’s second on-the-ground presence in mainland Europe. In addition to Italy, the team oversees distribution within the following regions: DACH, the Nordics, Benelux, France and Iberia.

Allan MacLeod, head of international distribution, commented:

“European distribution continues to be a core growth area for OMGI. Appointing dedicated specialists to each region reflects our ambitious growth plans for our international business and our desire to focus on the particular needs of clients in each region.

“We are known to a number of clients in Italy already, but are keen to broaden our presence in the region and I am confident that Cristiano joining us will enable OMGI to intensify its efforts. I look forward to working with him, and welcome him to the team.”

Cristiano added:

“I am excited at the opportunity to work for and represent an ambitious and dynamic company; one that I know reflects my professionalism and aspirations. Looking at the last quarter of 2016, and ahead into 2017, financial markets look set to be in for a bumpy ride, with Italian investors in particular facing an ambiguous macro-economic environment.  However, these challenges present opportunities, which I look forward to tackling head on, armed with OMGI’s innovative and flexible investment solutions.”

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1 As at 30 June 2016

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Notes to editors:

Old Mutual Global Investors:

Old Mutual Global Investors has grown strongly since its creation in August 2012 and now has assets under management of £27 billion (as at 30 June 2016).  The team consists of 273 industry professionals, including a team of 69 investment professionals. As part of Old Mutual Group it has a strong financial parent to support the activation of its business strategy. Old Mutual Global Investors is the asset management division of Old Mutual Wealth. To find out more information please go to:  www.omglobalinvestors.com

Old Mutual Wealth

Old Mutual Wealth is the leading wealth management business in the UK and internationally, helping to create prosperity for the generations of today and tomorrow.

It has an adviser and customer offering spanning:

  • Financial advice delivered by the Intrinsic network in the UK and AAM Advisory in Singapore
  • Platform based wealth management and protection products delivered by Old Mutual Wealth in the UK & Italy and Old Mutual International globally
  • Asset management solutions delivered by Old Mutual Global Investors
  • Discretionary investment management delivered by Quilter Cheviot.

Old Mutual Wealth oversees £111.2 billion in customer investments (as at 30 June 2016).

Old Mutual Wealth is part of Old Mutual plc a FTSE 100 group that provides life assurance, asset management, banking and general insurance. Old Mutual is trusted by more than 19.4 million customers across the world and has a total of £342.7 billion assets under management (as at 30 June 2016).

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