Defaqto hires head of fund management insight

Financial researcher Defaqto has poached Intrinsic’s Frank Potaczek for a newly created investment research role.

Potaczek has been appointed Defaqto’s head of fund management insight and consulting as the firm tunes its focus on fund-related services.

He leads a team of analysts that determine the firm’s ratings for to investment funds, as well as research publications and consultancy services to DFM, advisers and asset managers. 

Potaczek  has worked at many firms, with senior positions at Close Brothers, Legal & General, EEA Fund Management, Threadneedle Investments, AXA Multimanager and F&C Asset Management.

Defaqto chief executive Zahid Bilgrami says Potaczek brought a strong understanding of the fund universe and adviser industry.

“We created this new role because we are placing even greater onus on the fund-related services we offer, in order to meet the growing requirements in this area among both advisers and fund managers,” he explains.

“As an independent researcher, with a large in-house team of analysts and consultants, we are uniquely positioned to meet the needs of the financial services industry in this space,” he adds.