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Fintech responds to adviser demand for greater tech expertise with new hire

Announcing a newly created role.

Padua Solutions has announced the appointment of Kristen Brown as its new senior research analyst.

Ms Brown will take on the newly created position after working as a contract paraplanner for five years.

Prior to that, she worked as a senior financial planner for Westpac and held financial planning roles at NAB and Aon.

Padua's head of research, Benjamin Walsh, said the appointment comes at a time when the advice industry is demanding greater technical expertise and capabilities.

“Kristen will oversee the maintenance and quality of Padua’s superannuation/pension, insurance, and investment research databases, and will assist with producing comprehensive, high-quality documentation,” Mr Walsh said.

“Along with a sound technical knowledge, she also has a strong paraplanning network and will continue to build relationships with product providers and fund managers.


“Kristen has joined the business during a major growth phase, and we’re confident she will quickly become a valued member of the team.”

Ms Brown’s appointment comes only weeks after Padua announced the hire of Michael Lagudi as general manager of sales.

Meanwhile in June, Padua launched a new robo-advice generation tool designed to “help solve the four key challenges” facing financial advisers.

The new tools are the first of a wider roll-out of a range of solutions from Padua with more to be revealed in the coming months.

The solutions will have a focus on wealth management but also expand to insurance and assist advisers compare risk insurance across retail and superannuation options.

Neil Griffiths

Neil Griffiths

Neil is the Deputy Editor of the wealth titles, including ifa and InvestorDaily.

Neil is also the host of the ifa show podcast.