Defaqto snaps up Sesame’s Pan Andreas for senior role

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Defaqto has appointed former Sesame managing director for wealth management Pan Andreas as head of insight for its funds and DFMs team.

Andreas, who will start his new role in January 2016, will be responsible for Defaqto’s ratings and risk-rated funds and models, as well as publications and consultancy.

Defaqto chief executive officer Zahid Bilgrami says: “We are delighted to welcome Pan to enhance our expert team, and to deliver our solutions to our intermediary and fund management clients.

“We have experienced tremendous growth and uptake of our ratings and also our risk-rated funds over the last 12 months, and Pan’s breadth and depth of experience will help with accelerating this growth going forward.”

Before Sesame, Andreas held senior roles with Henderson, Intrinsic and Towry Law.

Andreas adds: “This is an exciting time to be joining Defaqto. I am looking forward to the opportunity and the prospect of working with the team to develop and deliver leading propositions and to help execute the company’s long-term growth strategy.”

Meanwhile, current head of insight and consulting Frank Potaczek has been promoted to senior vice president of the funds and DFMs team.

In this newly-created role, Potaczek will focus on supporting fund management and intermediary clients.

Before joining Defaqto in January 2014, Potaczek held senior roles with Intrinsic, Close Brothers and Legal & General.