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Dr Ian Hunt to Join DSTi as Head of Global Product Strategy

  • 26 May, 2004 14:18

<p>Sydney – DST International (DSTi) - the leader in business solutions for the investment management industry - announced today that it has appointed Dr Ian Hunt as Head of Global Product Strategy. Dr Hunt will assume responsibility for DSTi's entire range of 'best of breed' and fully integrated products and will direct the future plans for the products' functionality, including the R&amp;D priorities. Last year DSTi spent 37,000 man-days on R&amp;D out of a total development capacity of 80,000 man-days.</p>
<p>As Head of Global Product Strategy, Dr Hunt will also be responsible for identifying potential acquisition targets if he decides there is a need to buy in products, modules, services or expertise to complement the existing DSTi range.</p>
<p>Ian Mathieson, DSTi's Managing Director, said, "Dr Hunt’s appointment demonstrates DSTi's current leadership in the funds management industry and future ambitions. Ian is an acknowledged leader in our industry, having been a founder of CityIQ, which has been one of the most innovative independent consultancies in the UK asset management market. DSTi has had a long (and ongoing) relationship with CityIQ, so we know Ian and his capabilities well. He has worked as an advisor to the industry for almost 20 years, focusing mainly on process and systems strategy. He is a truly imaginative and innovative expert on the investment process, business issues and technologies, and will make a positive impact on the DSTi product range to ensure that it retains, and expands, its leadership qualities with a special focus on front and middle office areas."</p>
<p>Dr Hunt said, "I am delighted to be joining DSTi. I have kept close to their growth and global development over the years and have always had great respect for their management team, their workforce and their products. I am looking forward to using my experience to drive their product strategy forward, and to ensure that they are always market leading. My first role will be to focus on maximising the benefits of DSTi’s Risk Management solutions throughout the entire investment process. This is especially important in an increasing climate of 'risk aware' investment decision making. Knowing the existing DSTi products and their competitors, I’m convinced that I can help DSTi to remain at the top of the industry."</p>
<p>Dr Hunt will be based in DSTi’s global headquarters in Surbiton, United Kingdom.</p>
<p>About DST International (DSTi)</p>
<p>With 16 offices and over 1300 professionals to support its growing client base, DST International provides a unique and comprehensive range of investment management and work management software solutions and related services to 600 clients in 55 countries.</p>
<p>About DST Systems, Inc.</p>
<p>Our parent company, DST Systems, provides sophisticated information processing and computer software services and products that help clients improve productivity, increase efficiencies, and provide higher levels of customer service. DST is organised domestically and internationally into three operating segments: Financial Services, Customer Management, and Output Solutions. DST operates one of the most advanced data centres in the world, which provides information-processing services to support the products within each operating segment. These products are further enhanced through the integration of DST’s advanced technology and e-commerce solutions.</p>
<p>For further information please contact:
Cathryn van der Walt
12 Worlds
Tel: 9501 1931
Mob: 0402 327 633</p>

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