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Brandon Zietsman

CEO and Head of Investments
BCom (Accounting and Law), HDip (Tax), CFA®, CAIA, IMC

Brandon started his career at Investec in 1994 before joining RMB Fund managers, where he headed up product development. During this time, much pioneering work was done in derivative structuring. In 1997, Brandon additionally assumed responsibility for the sales division and was appointed to the board.

In 1999, Brandon joined Mercury Consolidated Holdings (a boutique financial services firm engaging in specialist derivative structuring, broking and risk management) as a director and co-head of structured products, where a number of global-first products were successfully developed.

Brandon re-joined RMB Asset Management in 2001 as an executive director with responsibility for product development and structuring. The following year he was appointed head of quantitative research before assuming the role of CEO of RMB Unit Trusts, which he held until 2008. During his tenure as CEO, Brandon was a member of a number of FirstRand boards and executive committees.

Brandon was approached by Barclays in 2008 to Head up the Investment and Product Office at Absa Wealth, which included all aspects of investments (as Chief Investment Officer), banking and credit as well as fiduciary services. He was actively involved in the Absa Group strategy on wealth management and remained involved in product support and strategy formulation for the group after his departure on a consultancy basis.

Brandon has been actively involved in the broader industry for many years, having previously sat on the board of the CFA Society of South Africa as well as the board of the then Association of Collective Investments. He frequently participants in industry panel discussions and is a great supporter in advocacy initiatives that promote ethical behaviour in the financial services industry.

In early 2010, Brandon left the corporate environment and founded PortfolioMetrix. He is a CFA® charter holder, a CAIA charter holder and has a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a post graduate diploma in tax law from Wits University.

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