GOJI has secured two respected wealth management industry names to a new advisory board as it gears up to promote itself to the adviser sector ahead of ISA season.
The Innovative Finance ISA administrator and peer-to-peer bond manager has added Paul McMahon, former group marketing director of Aegon and UK chief executive of FNZ, and Vincent Bordes, founding partner of credit risk consultancy Vestigo, to its advisory board.
Goji has also expanded its executive team with the appointment of Elizabeth McCallum from financial services advertising agency AML Group as head of marketing, while David Beacham has joined from Just Retirement as head of distribution.
Goji has also appointed Rehan Islam as head of investments ahead of a private fundraising round that will enable the company to build its product offering, develop its platform and distribution.
Islam brings experience from Goldman Sachs’ car financing desk and Société Générale’s collateralized loan desk and has also worked at robo-advisor Scalable Capital and financial planning startup Finimize.
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“Advisers are starting to embrace direct lending as an asset class,” Jake Wombwell-Povey, chief executive of Goji, said.
“The names unveiled on our board signal confidence in both Goji’s underlying investments and our mission to bring direct lending to the intermediary sector.
“By applying traditional portfolio management principles with rigorous risk-based assessments, we want to help advisers feel comfortable engaging with direct lending, better equip them with the knowledge and expertise to engage clients with this opportunity, whilst also helping this exciting industry mature.”
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