Ignition hires regional director

Darren Speirs
Ignition Advice - Director - Business Development
Date: 9 August 2023
Position: Director - Business Development
By Elizabeth Fry

Ignition Advice has strengthened its regional business development team with the appointment of  Darren Speirs to handle the Asia-Pacific.

Former Bravura Solutions head of portfolio solutions Darren Speirs has been recruited as Ignition's new business development director for the region.

His appointment follows last month's hire of Enda Mahoney as chief platform and technology officer.

Speirs has over 25 years in the Australian wealth management industry, most recently as head of portfolio solutions at Bravura where he spent 16 years.

Previous roles include at Westpac and Macquarie Bank.

Based in Sydney, Speirs will report to Ignition's chief commercial officer Eric Welsby.

Ignition Group chief executive officer Terry Donohoe said the recruit had an extensive background in delivering sales growth and building client relationships.

"His deep understanding of the APAC wealth technology market- from advice through to member administration - will be instrumental in furthering our successes in the region," he said.

Ignition's unique and purpose-built, omnichannel digital advice platform has been engineered for financial services institutions, delivering transformational efficiencies and scalability to our global clients.

"The platform enables increased agility at scale and optimisation of advice distribution channels which ultimately empowers financial services institutions to deliver greater volumes of financial advice through enhanced customer experiences," Donohoe concluded.

Meanwhile, Speirs said he is looking forward to working with a team to build an advice specialist for institutions that need to quickly and efficiently scale their advice propositions across multiple distribution models.