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Augentius appoints new COO

Augentius, a global service provider to private equity and real estate funds, has appointed James Watts to the role of Chief Operating Officer. 

The appointment follows another successful year of 19 per cent growth for the firm as the industry remains resilient to political and regulatory challenges. 

As Chief Operating Officer, Watts (pictured) will be responsible for Augentius’ Global Operations throughout its’ offices across three continents.

Watts says: “The growth of Augentius has been quite amazing. In just over 10 years the small UK/Guernsey centric business I joined, has become a major global player, with offices and clients across the world. The Private Equity and Real Estate sectors continue to grow, even in the face of Brexit and complex regulation. I look forward to guiding our Operations to navigate these challenges and continuing to grow the business as a whole.”

Ian Kelly, CEO at Augentius, says: “Our recent annual industry survey shows there is a substantial opportunity for continued growth with more than half of European players unaffected by ongoing Brexit negotiations. James’ knowledge of the market and client needs is second to none, and his appointment will continue the momentum of growth throughout 2018.

“James has been an integral part of the growth of Augentius over the last 10 years, so I am absolutely delighted that he will continue to develop the business in his new role as COO.”

Watts joined Augentius in 2005 as a Client Services Team Leader. He was promoted to Head of Onshore Client Services in 2007, and joined the Executive Team in 2012 when he became Group Information Officer, directing the planning and the implementation of enterprise systems in support of business operations. He is ACMA qualified with a BA (Hons) in Accounting.

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