Despite dire warnings from some of the world’s economic think tanks at the beginning of the year, the sky has not yet fallen in and 2017 has proved to be a pretty good year for investors. The Australian finance industry has shaped up well with superannuation funds looking set to deliver another round of double-digit returns for the calendar year. In more good news, this year Industry Moves reported on 1,426 moves, 849 of which were appointments, with a plethora of newly-created roles and boutique start-ups.
Throughout the year, we had the privilege of conducting 123 Q&As and caught up with some influential women in the industry, including: Escala Partners' Giselle Roux, OneVue's Connie McKeage and Fidelitiy's Alva Devoy. We also shone a light on the entrepreneurs behind the launch of Grow Super, Zuper and Human Super, new boutique super funds that aim to offer members something a little different.
We look forward to landing in your inbox once again on 25 January 2018 and to sharing some exciting news about our expanding team - stay tuned! For now, the Industry Moves team wishes all our readers a very safe and happy holiday season.
Some of the biggest moves of 2017 by month
January - GESB CEO steps down
February - MIESF CIO steps down from role
March - Local Government Super CEO departs
April - Christian Super CEO steps down after 10 years
May - Mercer CIO to join VFMC
June - Cuffe steps down as UniSuper Chair
July - HESTA names new CIO
August - First State Super Head of Investment Strategy to join BTIM
September - Local Government Super names new CEO
October - Mercer appoints new Chief Investment Officer, Pacific
November - AMIST CEO steps down
December - Frontier veteran to depart after 20 years
Most clicked move
Michael Winchester, Head of Investments at First State Super.
In October this year, Michael Winchester was appointed as head of investments at First State Super. He had been acting in the role since August 2017, following the departure of Michael Blayney, who left the $84 billion fund to take on a role with BT Investment Management.
Read our Q&A with Michael Winchester here.
Notable mentions: Taking the runner up position, with the second highest clicks for 2017, was the appointment of Christian Super's new CEO Ross Piper, who takes the reins in February 2018. In third place, was the departure of AMP Capital's CIO - global equities and fixed income, Mark Beardow, in March this year.
Most clicked Q&A
Annick Donat, CEO at Madison Financial Group.
Following her appointment as CEO of Madison Financial Group in March this year, Annick spoke with Industry Moves and reflected on the influence of some strong women in her life and the qualities that she believes make for a good leader.
Notable mentions: In second place, was our recent Q&A with Fox & Hare co-founders, Jessica Brady and Glen Hare, who launched a financial planning firm for young professionals in November. Third place went to Alastair MacLeod on the launch of Wheelhouse Partners, "a boutique asset manager with a mission to improve investment outcomes for Australian retirees."
Most clicked Insight piece
Giles Gunesekera, CEO at Global Impact Initiative.
In June this year, we spoke to Giles Gunesekera who told us about Global Impact Initiative (GII), a program that brings much needed capital from the corporate sector into the non-profit space. He spoke to us about a fund set up to support the empowerment of girls and women, and walked us through his career journey so far.
Notable mentions: The 2017 Fund of the Year Awards round-up caught your attention, with the second highest click rating, followed by our spotlight on women in the industry working in the top jobs at their organisations.
Want to read more? You can search for a complete list of any appointments and/or departures in a given month using the dropdown boxes on the Moves page.
For example, select December 2017 and Appointments only to see the list of 25 appointments reported so far this month. Click here to view!
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