This is a newly created role, which is indicative of the increased focus Defaqto has placed on this area – including the recent launch of Defaqto’s Diamond Ratings.
Potaczek will lead an expert team of analysts who are responsible for Defaqto’s fund management-related ratings, authoring publications and providing consultancy services to fund houses, DFMs and intermediary clients.
He has had a distinguished career to date. Most recently he was Investment Director at financial adviser network Intrinsic. Prior to this Potaczek held senior fund roles at Close Brothers, Legal & General, EEA, Threadneedle Investments, AXA Multimanager and F&C Asset Management.
Potaczek is a chartered member of the CISI and an IMC member of the CFA Society in the UK.
Zahid Bilgrami, Defaqto’s Chief Executive, said: 'We are very excited to welcome such an accomplished fund research expert to our growing consultancy team. Frank brings with him a detailed understanding of both the fund universe and the adviser space.
'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. 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'.
Potaczek added: 'I am delighted to be joining one of the UK’s most respected financial research companies. I look forward to further expanding Defaqto’s activity in the funds arena and providing an enhanced service for intermediaries, fund houses and discretionary managers'.