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Nucleus appoints former COO as chief tech officer

Nucleus has appointed former employee Andrew Smith as its new chief technology officer, rejoining the business at the start of next year.

Mr Smith will be responsible for overseeing all platform and non-platform technology functions including proposition, business analysis, development and infrastructure.

He joins Nucleus from Axa Wealth Elevate, where he was appointed chief operating officer for its platform in September 2012 and was responsible for all aspects of operations.

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Mr Smith is returning to Nucleus where he was part of the management team, latterly as chief operating officer for four years, where he was responsible for the design and build of the award-winning Nucleus platform.

Stuart Geard, managing director, said: “This role attracted interest from across the sector and having met with three of the brightest technology minds in the industry, we’re truly delighted to welcome Andrew back into the Nucleus world.

“He was a massive part of the management team which first built the business and has an invaluable breadth and depth of knowledge not only of the Nucleus wrap platform itself, but of the larger Nucleus user community and the wider platform market.

“With so much potential and opportunity for growth in 2015 and beyond, Andrew’s appointment, along with Doug Heron’s recent appointment as our new chief financial officer, underlines Nucleus’ ambition to be a winner in this market.”

ruth.gillbe@ft.com