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PwC Appoints Alexander As Global Asset & Wealth Head

Olwyn Alexander has been appointed PwC global asset and wealth management leader, PwC announced on its website. She is the first woman and the first Irish person to hold the role.

Working in the industry for over 23 years, Alexander is a chartered accountant, and attained the CFA qualification in 2003.  She has worked in the investment management, alternatives and financial services industries in Ireland, the UK, the US and Asia.   

In her new role, Alexander will represent the Asset and wealth management teams globally including those in EMEA, the Americas and Asia-Pac.  

Speaking at the announcement, Alexander said: "I am very excited about my new role. My key focus, first and foremost, will be ensuring that our asset and wealth management clients continue to get the highest standard of service wherever they are located.  I am confident about the future growth prospects in our industry.

"While there are many challenges, not least driven by geopolitical issues, greater competition and pressure on margins there are also so many compelling opportunities.  It is very important that companies are fit for growth, having the right people, investment strategies, technologies and structures to enable them to deal with these business challenges and changing investor demands.

"The winners will be those who are at the forefront of technological advances such as blockchain, machine learning, artificial intelligence and augmented reality and those who can attract and retain the top talent in a competitive environment."

Throughout her career, Alexander has supported international investment management companies grow their businesses, including advising on investment management product entry strategies, valuation methodologies, fund servicing, regulatory and compliance issues.

Through her views on current and future trends, Alexander has also helped companies prepare for the future, ensuring they are fit for growth and ready to seize the opportunities in a changing and sometimes turbulent market.