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Cuffe nominated as non-exec director at Class

Class has announced Christopher Cuffe for election to its board as an independent non-executive director.

In its notice for the firm’s 2017 annual general meeting, released last week, Class outlined Cuffe will stand for election at its 2017 AGM on 16 October.

Class chairman Matthew Quinn said the board was delighted to nominate a director for election with such a strong background in finance and investment management.

“Chris is a well-known and highly respected figure in the financial services sector,” Quinn said.

“Given his extensive experience and high regard within the industry, we believe his appointment will greatly benefit Class.”

Cuffe has had many years’ experience in building successful wealth management practices, notably joining Colonial First State in 1988 and becoming its chief executive two years later.

In 2003, he became the chief executive of Challenger Financial Services Group and subsequently headed up Challenger’s wealth management business.

Commenting on his nomination, Cuffe said: “I am pleased to accept the nomination to join the board of Class and look forward to working with the team.

“At a time of significant change to the super industry, I am excited to be part of a business at the forefront of managing the reforms for SMSF accountants and trustees.”

Cuffe was inducted into the Australian Fund Manager Foundation RBS Hall of Fame in October 2007 for services to the investment industry.

He is also chairman of Australian Philanthropic Services and Atrium Investment Management, and holds a number of listed company directorships.

In June, he was awarded the Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the community as an advocate for philanthropy and as a supporter of improved financial efficiencies in charitable organisations, and his contribution to the funds management industry.

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