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Architas boosts UK team with double appointment

2 years ago
Sarah Ackland has been promoted to head of Architas UK funds and Frank Potaczek has been appointed her replacement as the new head of UK proposition. 

Sarah will take responsibility for all commercial aspects of the UK business including distribution, marketing, proposition and business development. In his new role Frank, who will report to Sarah, will oversee the existing fund ranges offered by Architas in the UK as well as the development of discretionary management services, and manage future product and proposition strategy. Frank joins from Defaqto where he was senior vice president responsible for its fund and DFM products and its fund ratings service.

Sarah was previously head of UK proposition and replaces Cedric Bucher who is leaving to take up a role in the institutional pensions sector.

Hans Georgeson, CEO, Architas:

"Sarah's understanding of the UK retail and financial adviser market and experience across proposition, marketing and sales means she is the ideal candidate to continue the growth of Architas in the UK. We have invested significantly into our UK business to develop both our fund proposition and also our relationship with a broader range of adviser clients. 

"Sarah has been central to this and the diversification of our investment proposition beyond the core risk profiled range with the launch of the Architas Diversified Real Assets fund, which is now around £200m just three years since launch, and the Architas Diversified Global Income fund.

"We would like to thank Cedric for his contribution to Architas over the past six years. He has been key to the expansion of our business and the development of such a strong relationship with our adviser clients. We wish him well in his new position."

Sarah Ackland, head of UK funds, Architas added:

"I am delighted to have the opportunity to build and grow on the momentum we have in the UK market and to lead a fantastic team.  Frank will be a great addition, he's got huge experience in a number of high profile roles and is extremely well known and respected in the adviser market. 

"This makes him very well suited to help us continue to develop our offering to advisers. His role will be to help us work with advisers to further diversify our business and help advisers meet the changing needs of their clients, particularly in the recently reformed retirement market. Frank's insights, thought leadership and innovative approach will be key to the expansion of our UK products over the coming years." 

Sarah has been at Architas since 2014 having spent the previous seven years as a sales director at Thames River and then F&C after its acquisition. Prior to that Sarah worked in an offshore role for Friends Provident International as manager of the funds marketing and research team and responsibility for its international fund range. 

Prior to joining Defaqto, Frank held senior roles at Intrinsic Financial Services, Close Brothers Asset Management, Legal & General Investments, Threadneedle Investments, and F&C Asset Management.


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