Russell Kennett was the executive vice president of State Street when he left the financial services industry in 2009. In the years since he has built an alpine resort in Japan, joined a venture capital firm and sat on two boards. He has also attained what is elusive to many - a healthy work-life balance.
Working and hiring friends can be fraught with both personal and professional challenges, but it can also bring great rewards if it works. Penny Pryor speaks with three executives - Ben Griffiths & Brian Eley from Eley Griffiths (pictured) and SuperRatings founder and chair, Jeff Bresnahan - about their lessons learnt when crossing the friend/colleague line.
Tim Hughes was the CIO of Catholic Super from 2002-2010 and spent 17 years as an economics columnist with Brisbane's Courier Mail. He now describes himself as an investment professional, company director, writer and conservationist, and thrives on the diverse challenges that these roles bring.
The investment management and superannuation industry has changed markedly over the last decade. Not only has it grown in size, but it has also had to deal with a wealth of new regulation, a rapidly evolving technology space and a tightening of margins.
In 2006 Old Mutual bought Intech, the asset consultancy co-founded by Ron Liling. Liling was a major Intech shareholder but he and Old Mutual parted ways. He tells us what he's doing now and how not being "answerable to anything and everything" yields far better results.
Life as a professional athlete or sports star obviously has a use-by date. And finding employment after a high-profile career in the spotlight can be difficult, as recent press around famous swimmers has highlighted.
Carly Loder was chief marketing officer at BT Financial Group from 2007 to 2012. Following her 'passion for all things sport', she is now on the board of Surfing Australia and heads up marketing and communications at Fox Sports.
Penny Pryor talks to two professionals who have made the switch to the ‘other side’ of the industry, whether that be not-for-profit or retail, and discovers that maybe the differences aren’t that great after all.
Chris Corneil arrived in Australia as a fresh-faced backpacker some 25 years ago. He never left. After a distinguished career in financial services - the last four years of which spent as CEO, Australasia of Russell Investments - his professional life has taken a different turn.
Alan Beasley was managing director and country head of BNP Paribas Investment Partners from 1996 to 2002. In the first of our regular Q&As that ask 'Where are they Now?', he speaks with Penny Pryor about his views on financial services and what he's been up to since.
The SLICE survey is conducted nationally in March, July and November to canvass the opinions of independent financial planners on a broad range of industry and business issues. Conducted by Peter Dawson of The Dawson Partnership and Susan Rochester of Balance at Work, the inaugural survey – SLICE 1 - in November 2013 uncovered some interesting stats, including:
A career in financial services doesn't mean you’ll never work anywhere else. Penny Pryor talks to three professionals whose skill sets learnt in the industry have made them perfect for roles as diverse as board directorships and art gallery executives.
Are the Big Four still the workplace of choice for new graduates? Penny Pryor talks to Kelly Pfeffer from Suncorp Group and Sarah Fletcher from The University of Sydney Business School about the laws of attraction, for both graduates and the companies wanting to recruit them...
The big superannuation funds have been concerned about rollouts to self managed superannuation funds for some time now. And why shouldn't they be? SMSFs continue to be the fastest growing sector of the superannuation industry with almost a third of the $1.8 trillion in Australian superannuation assets.
Our superannuation industry has assets of $1.8 trillion and in terms of global pension markets, we rank fourth. What that means, and has meant for a long time, is that we are a very attractive market for international funds managers, looking to come here for a piece of that pie.
Corporate philanthropy has moved way beyond the occasional company donation, raffle or charity gala. It is now a very real staff retention policy with as many as 35 per cent of organisations offering volunteering leave.