Online marketplace OpenInvest has announced two key appointments, adding a business development manager (BDM) and marketing manager to its operation.
Former Centrepoint Alliance BDM Ravi Verma has joined the online marketplace platform as its BDM, while Phoebe Kohler is the organisation’s new marketing manager.
Co-founder and chief executive Andrew Varlamos said now is the right time for the appointments as the firm looks to expand.
“Since launching in November, there has been amazing interest among self-directed investors and especially SMSF trustees in our platform that offers unprecedented access to the resources and expertise of leading investment managers,” Varlamos said.
Verma has more than 25 years’ experience in various consultative and distribution roles in the accountancy, advisory and investment management industry in Australia and the United Kingdom.
“He will promote the OpenInvest marketplace to accountants and advisers as a logical solution for their self-directed clients, particularly SMSF trustees,” Varlamos said.
Kohler brings to the firm her experience in helping self-directed investors via online provision of information and resources. She previously headed operations and client services at Constant Investor and has held senior roles at the Eureka Report and the Business Spectator.
“OpenInvest opens up a new avenue for SMSF trustees, in particular, to find high-quality investment managers and then determine which manager best suits their investment goals,” she said.
“The opportunity to market such a valuable investment platform will be both challenging and extremely fulfilling.”