William Blair names 1st sales rep Down Under

(updated with correction)

Alex Francois joined William Blair & Co. as head of Australia and New Zealand institutional distribution.

It is a new position.

Mr. Francois, in an e-mail, said he will report to Dan Charles, the firm’s global head of business development and client service.

Mr. Francois was head of distribution-investments at Provident Capital in Sydney. A spokeswoman for Provident said the firm is shutting down.