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Aviate Global hires Gerard Walsh as chief business officer

Institutional equity brokerage Aviate Global has hired Gerard Walsh, formerly head of client operations at Schroders, to the newly created role of chief business officer.

Walsh will lead business development, marketing, PR and client relationships as part of the firm’s ambition to double in size in the next five years, growing its offices in London, New York, Hong Kong and Sydney.
 
Walsh held a number of senior roles at Schroders after joining them in 2005, previously leading business change management at Telewest Communications and working for Accenture and Deloitte.
 
He started his career with Mobil Oil in his native New Zealand before moving to Europe in 1998 to complete an MBA at SDA-Bocconi in Italy.
 
Guy Gibson, co-founding partner, Aviate Global, says: “Gerard joins at an important time for the business as we aim to expand our high-quality service, trade ideas, speed of execution and independence to new hedge fund and institutional clients from all four of our offices. He will help us capitalise on opportunities where the broking model of the banks and their ambition to provide full coverage of equity markets can sometimes obscure big money-making ideas.”
 
Walsh says: “After almost a decade at Schroders, the opportunity to join a young fast-growing firm that has big plans based on high calibre people was simply too good to pass up.  I have been impressed by the quality of the work that is done here and by the network of buy-side clients who value the firm’s distinctive decision-ready content and analysis.  Aviate Global’s focus on genuine money-making opportunities makes it a compelling proposition for all those who trade on good, well-founded ideas.”

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