Reported appointments by Industry Moves for the first half of 2019 decreased by 14%, with 348 moves compared to 442 for the same period in 2018, with our research covering the appointments of 189 organisations compared to 224 last year. 33% of board appointments and 28% of executive appointments were awarded to women. Though the gender balance for executive appointments shows an upward trend over the last 5 years, the data revealed a slight drop from the first quarter results of 2019 which saw the highest percentage of female executive appointments for any quarter in the last five years, hitting 32%.
His career adviser may have had different ideas, but working in the finance industry was in Ryder Harris' blood. Now, in his role as an operations supervisor for Janus Henderson, with responsibilities across fund and investment operations, he's found the perfect role to match his perfectionism, enthusiasm and drive. We hear from Ryder's colleagues about his particular style, and from Ryder about what makes him tick.
Our childhood experiences - the places we grow up, the people in our lives, the things we do - undoubtedly influence who we become. At Industry Moves, through our series of Q&As, we have loved getting to know the personalities of the high achieving women in finance, and found their reflections on their formative years a particular highlight.
This week we are singing the praises of Amanda Richman, an ethics analyst (with a wry and fabulous sense of humour) at Australian Ethical Investment, who worked as a commercial lawyer before deciding she needed to be in a role where she could have the most impact on addressing issues of injustice and climate change. We hear from her colleagues on what makes her approach so special, and Amanda on why she hasn't looked back.
The finance industry is filled with colourful characters who excel in their professions, as well as their anecdotes. The latter we discovered by asking our interviewees to reveal a little known fact about themselves. We've rounded up for you some of our favourite responses and trust you'll be as entertained and impressed as we were.
The number of listed products on the Australian Stock Exchange continues to grow, with two more being added in May. The ASX says there are now 194 exchange traded products listed on the ASX with $47.66 billion in funds under management.
In the lead-up to the annual World Business Forum to be held in Sydney this month, Industry Moves talks to featured speaker, Charlene Li. As founder and CEO of Altimeter Group and an expert on social media and technologies, Charlene tells Industry Moves about the importance of sharing in the digital age and the metamorphosis required to be a true digital leader. She also shares a little about her upbringing and how it shaped her drive, as well as a story that proves her interest in 'disruption' is not just limited to technology.
Attendees at this week's Women In Super (WIS) lunch at Sydney's Doltone House were treated to a fascinating and thought-provoking presentation delivered by Kristen Hansen on "The Neuroscience of Leadership". They also heard first hand the announcement of the winners of the 2019 WIS and AGSM @ UNSW Business School scholarship awards.
Kate Tilbrook is a senior design researcher at UniSuper, responsible for creating and driving research and programs to improve customer experiences. By all accounts, she excels at her work but it's her committed, caring and intelligent approach, coupled with her problem-solving skills and insights, that has made her colleagues recognise her as one of the industry's Unsung Heroes, as well as someone who might just change the world!
In the lead-up to the annual World Business Forum to be held in Sydney this month, Industry Moves talks to featured speaker Stephen M. R. Covey, the bestselling author of The SPEED of Trust. Covey shares his thoughts on the attributes of trustworthy leaders, the reciprocal nature of trust and the untapped potential of social media - all viewed through a 'practitioners lens'. He also pays tribute to his parents and the role they have played in shaping his values and appreciation for life.
Natalie Sargeant has a zest for life, or should we say 'life insurance'. As Integrity Life's head of customer experience she’s been instrumental in delivering a better CX, as well as developing the firm's newly-launched tech platform for the retail market. Motivated by her personal experience with life insurance claims, she views the world through the customer lens and, for this reason and many more, has been nominated by Integrity Life as one of the industry's Unsung Heroes. (She's also danced with Mick Jagger! At Industry Moves we think that deserves an award of its own.)
Centuria Capital Group’s investor services officer, Lizzie Paton, is the font of all knowledge when it comes to Centuria’s sixteen unlisted property funds. If she’s not fielding calls from investors, advisers and research houses on everything from recent and forecast distributions, to when the next capital raising is coming and what tenants are up to, she’s preparing market research and property outlooks for the distribution team.
Some good news for the first quarterly move report of the year! Of the 132 executive appointments reported for the quarter, 32% of them were awarded to women, which is the highest percentage of female executive appointments for any quarter in the last five years, and the first time over 30%.
In the lead-up to the annual World Business Forum to be held in Sydney in May, Industry Moves talks to featured speaker, international best selling author and influential customer experience leader, Dr Martha Rogers. She gives some expert advice on strategy for regaining customer's trust, offers some tips on how social media can be used to reward best customers and shows us what a good apology looks like.
How many product launches were reported for the first quarter of the year compared to the last three years? How many products have an ESG focus? How many organisations have had launches in all three quarters? We analyse the last three years' March quarter data in Industry Moves' vault of products to find out. We also feature this year's launches and give you an easy to read report as part of a regular quarterly update.
Future IM/Pact, an industry-sponsored initiative aimed at increasing the diversity of talent coming into the investment management industry, has signed two new partners and recently launched student networking events in Sydney and Melbourne.
Challenger Limited and Macquarie Securities are the latest organisations to join the campaign aimed at attracting more diverse talent into investment management with an initial focus on women. They join 12 other super funds, fund managers and industry participants who are providing a pathway for students and early career aspirants to build their career prospects in this high growth and hugely influential sector.
Today, Midwinter Financial Services announced the appointment of its first chief executive officer. In a Q&A that covers friendship, fintech, future plans, family, formative years and ceramic pineapples, we talk to Midwinter's co-founder Julian Plummer and the person - Jeff Hall - who has stepped into his rather large shoes.
There were five first time recipients of the WGEA (Workplace Gender Equality Agency) Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) citations in the financial and insurance services industry for 2018-19, including MLC Life, TelstraSuper and Vanguard Australia.
The citation recognises employer commitment and best practice in promoting gender equality in Australian workplaces. Overall there were a record 141 organisations that received the citation this year, 27 of which were in the financial and insurance services industry.
Women in Super and AGSM @UNSW Business School yesterday announced their annual scholarship program for 2019 at the Women in Super NSW lunch, which featured Shemara Wikramanayake, Macquarie Group chief executive officer, as guest speaker.
Last week, National Australia Bank (NAB) announced the departure of its fourth chief executive officer this millennium, with Andrew Thorburn set to leave the bank following the damming assessment of NAB leadership in the Banking Royal Commission’s final report. As speculation builds on who is next in line for the top job, and what qualities they will need to make real changes, Industry Moves takes a look at the CEOs that have come before.