AUSTRALIA - Australian superannuation fund UniSuper has bolstered its new advice service, which is due to launch later this year, with two appointments.
Brett Saurine is moving from Industry Fund Services to head up UniSuper's New South Wales advice team, and Jenni Erbel has been appointed regional manager for Queensland.
UniSuper, an industry superannuation fund for universities and related organisations, is launching the service before the end of 2009 to offer members advice on all aspects of superannuation strategy, wealth creation, non-super investment and life insurance.
UniSuper Advice will operate solely on a fee-for-service basis.
Saurine has spent the last six years with Industry Fund Services, where he was most recently state practice manager for NSW, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory.
Erbel was previously executive manager at Qatari investment bank Q Invest, and before that director of Wealth By Design in Queensland.
Saurine and Erbel will both report to UniSuper Advice executive manager Chris Davies.
Davies said: "Jenni and Brett bring a valuable breadth of industry knowledge and expertise to UniSuper Advice.
"As we get ready for the launch of our new service, we're thrilled that we've been able to attract such high calibre individuals to these senior roles."
The appointments follow the hiring of two senior managers earlier in the year to oversee critical functions in UniSuper's financial advice department.
Jason Holandsjo joined the fund as manager for operations and products, and Alex Aracas became the new national practice manager for the phone-based financial advice centre.
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