Lounarda builds ops team at IFM


Amy Diab, who has been marketing securities services capabilities for the past 15 years, is to join Lounarda David at IFM Investors as executive director of investment operations and client services. It is a global role.

Diab has most recently been head of sales at Citi, and prior to that the head of client relationships there. Prior to that she spent nearly 10 years in various client-facing roles at NAB Asset Servicing.

She said she was looking forward to putting into practice the things she’d been talking to clients about over the past years. She starts the new role, in Melbourne, on August 15.

Lounarda David, who also had a long career in securities services, including running Mercer Sentinel’s regional advisory business prior to joining Sunsuper as head of investment operations, joined IFM as COO in April this year. IFM has about $110 billion under management across a range of strategies and 310 clients in Australia and overseas. The firm is increasingly becoming more global in its nature, with eight offices around the world.

“I’m looking forward to having the chance to go over to the other side,” Diab said, “and put into practice what I’ve been advising on for the past 15-or-so years…

“I learned a lot being at Citi for the past five years. I enjoy looking at global operating models, which I will continue to be able to do.”

– G.B.