Rob Bluzmanis appointed Head of Distribution at Nikko AM

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Nikko Asset Management Australia (Nikko AM) has promoted Rob Bluzmanis from Head of Wholesale Sales to Head of Distribution for Australia, with immediate effect. Mr Bluzmanis will report directly to Managing Director, Sam Hallinan. 

His appointment follows the resignation of Eddy Schipper, who is leaving the Firm in early August to pursue other interests.

Mr Hallinan, said it is always pleasing to appoint from within the business, and that Mr Bluzmanis’ promotion is well deserved.

“Rob has been with Nikko AM since January 2015 and has over 20 years’ experience in asset management sales and distribution. During his time with Nikko AM he has been instrumental in building up and maintaining the success of the wholesale sales strategy and he has ably managed Nikko AM’s Retail Sales & Research team.

“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 in this new role.

“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, Mr Bluzmanis spent eight years at Blackrock Australia in a number of sales and account management roles, most recently as Director and Head of National Key Accounts & Research. Before this he was Senior Business Development Manager – Investments with Colonial First State.

Mr Bluzmanis holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Macquarie University. He has a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment from The Financial Securities Institute of Australia and has undertaken the Certified Investment Management Analyst Program from the Investment Management Consultants Association.

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