easyMarkets has promoted Daniel Byrne (pictured), to the role of Managing Director, APAC. Previously Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Asia Pacific, Byrne replaces Robert Francis, who is stepping aside after 10 years in the role of MD and will remain with easyMarkets in an emeritus advisory capacity to the board.
Since joining easyMarkets as COO in May, Byrne has pioneered the company’s Active Traders Group, which brings institutional training, tools and best practices to retail traders. Available to easyMarkets members, the training program empowers both new and experienced traders with the tools and strategies to trade successfully.
In response to the success of this approach and growing demand from Australia’s self-managed super fund (SMSF) investors, easyMarkets has recently launched The SMSF Active Traders Group. The first of its kind in the industry, this new program equips SMSF trustees with the specific institutional-grade trading strategies, methodologies and – most importantly – the risk management framework they need to trade like a fund manager.
“I have always admired easyMarkets as a brokerage that goes so much further to support the successful trading outcomes of its clients,” says Byrne. “While never the cheapest option – the best option rarely is – easyMarkets’ emphasis on training and its premium level of service, with no hidden pricing, is unique in its ability to genuinely help clients become better traders. I am extremely honoured to take up this appointment and look forward to developing our offering throughout the region.”
Byrne has more than a decade of experience in markets trading and trading education, having previously managed premium accounts and driven global platform growth at multinational FX brokerage firms GFT Markets and AxiTrader, as well as being the Vice-President of the successful forex training firm, FXPlus Trading Academy.
“When we considered the idea of a new leader for the APAC region, we knew we wanted someone who understood the ethics and DNA of easyMarkets,” says Niko Antoniades, CEO of easyMarkets. “It is Daniel’s versatile background and approach to trading which lead us to believe he is a perfect fit. Since being appointed as COO, he has shown exceptional drive and talent in leading the team and driving the business forward. He will therefore lead our strategic efforts to grow the Australian and the Asia Pacific market. We have every confidence in Daniel and wish him success in the exciting challenges ahead.”