Australian Unity names equity origination head

A new head of equity origination is joining Australian Unity's wealth and capital markets business.

Brad Watson joined in February as head of equity origination for property.

He is responsible for developing and executing product and sales strategies across equity channels for Australian Unity's $3.2 billion property business.

He will focus on new product development and expanding the investor network in the private and institutional markets, both domestic and offshore.

Watson was previously the head of distribution for Centuria Capital Group's unlisted property funds division for four years, helping raising more than $500 million of equity.

His real estate experience includes senior roles at Macquarie Group, Citi and AXA Investment Managers, as well as business development roles at 360 Capital Property Group and SCA Property Group.

Pratt said the appointment will help drive continued growth, particularly in the mortgages area and healthcare and social infrastructure sectors.

Australian Unity's A-REIT Fund was nominated in Financial Standard's 2019 Investment Leadership Awards.

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