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Specialist lender appoints new GM of distribution

by Annie Kane10 minute read
Specialist lender appoints new GM of distribution

RedZed has hired its first executive general manager of distribution as part of its growth strategy to support and champion more self-employed Australians through the broker channel.

Specialist self-employed lender RedZed has appointed Chris Calvert to serve in the newly created role of executive general manager of distribution.

Mr Calvert was previously the CEO of private property developer Lewis Land Group, where he is still non-executive director.

In his new role, Mr Calvert will work to expand the lender’s presence in the third-party channel, including by expanding its aggregator partnerships, and ensuring that more brokers with self-employed customers have the ability to access RedZed products.


Mr Calvert has also been charged with expanding the product breadth available to RedZed’s broker network, and building upon the group's advocacy programs such as Meet the Master and RedZed Rewards.

RedZed Evan Dwyer, founder and managing director of RedZed, said Mr Calvert will help the group achieve its goal of having $5 billion under management in the next three years (the lender has reportedly originated more than $3 billion since its launch in 2006).  

Speaking of the new appointment, Mr Dwyer commented: “Chris brings more than a decade of experience in leading Australian and overseas property groups. He has always had a focus on execution and customer experience. 

“Chris joining our team will accelerate our strong growth. His proven leadership will enable us to confidently expand our aggregator broker network.

“It is crucial in this environment to deliver our personalised solutions to a broader client base to ensure the self-employed community survive and thrive.”

Mr Calvert stated: “RedZed’s purpose and values are clear. It is an organisation based on integrity and always putting its customer first. We are in a strong position for growth, and in doing so, we can encapsulate a broader range of the self-employed market, which needs specialised products and support to succeed.

“What really attracted me to this role is the opportunity to serve the self-employed. These individuals are the foundation of the economy and possess the courage to back themselves and have a real go.

“I am proud to be part of an organisation that is built on enabling the self-employed to achieve the goals and dreams they’ve worked so hard for.”

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