Broker group announces new roles

by Rebecca Pike13 Nov 2018

The new CEO at Yellow Brick Road has announced a number of new appointments to help grow the business.

Frank Ganis was announced as CEO at the end of October. His new appointments include former head of broker at Aussie Home Loans, Stephen McKenzie.

McKenzie will now take on the role of general manager, operations. At Aussie he was head of broker and customer services as well as deputy chief financial officer.

Ganis also announced Michael Abboud as the head of RESI Lending business. Abboud joins from Macquarie Group where he served as the national partnership manager for YBR Group and had oversight of YBR Retail as well as Vow Financial.

His role will help to increase the group’s footprint and new business flows both internally across YBR Retail and Vow but also external platforms of Connective, FAST and Choice.  

A third appointment announced by Ganis is Jason Knauer, who is the new Queensland and South Australia state manager for YBR Retail.

Knauer previously served as area manager for QLD and WA with CBA’s Home Lending Solutions department and was regional manager with Mortgage Choice prior to that. 

Ganis said that getting the right people into key positions was the strategic agenda he had set for the company. 

He said, “Recruiting the best people is a key ‘must-do’ in our ‘play-to-win’ strategy and now that we have the best people in the correct places, we are set to successfully execute on our strategic agenda and propel the business forward.”  

YBR also recently announced Clive Kirkpatrick to lead the sale and distribution of lending products and Adam Youkhana to lead the sale and distribution of wealth products across the business.