Jarden expands to Australia, names research team

Executive Move


New Zealand-based investment and advisory firm Jarden has named ten research analysts as part of its expansion into the Australian market.

Jarden first announced its expansion in May, appointing Robbie Vanderzeil as Australian CEO. In June, the organisation appointed Ben Gilbert as head of research, commencing in September.

"Independent thought provoking research is at the very core of the Jarden client offering and we will continue to build the market leading Australasian investment and advisory firm by investing in the highest quality people," said CEO James Lee. "Welcoming Ben to the team is a reflection of the talent that exists within the research team, we are very fortunate to have attracted people who care passionately about their sectors and delivering meaningful insights to all our clients."

Gilbert spent the previous 14 years with UBS holding a variety of position, most recently as deputy head of research for Australia and New Zealand. He was previously the executive director of retail and consumer products, a role he held for more than a dozen years.

Gilbert today announced the appointment of several new members of the organisation's research team, including Lou Pirenc, Steven Wheen, Elizabeth Miliatis, Matthew Johnston, Elise Kennedy, Jakob Cakarnis, Keegan Booysen, Sebastian Clemens, James Wilson, and Joe Pardea.

"The team is passionate about their sectors and will be putting their deep sector experience, credentials and expertise at the service of Jarden, delivering best-in-class insights to all our clients," said Gilbert.

"We are delighted to have attracted some of the best talent from around the world and will continue to invest into the team going forward. Each sector team will be built by combining senior, long-term industry expertise with the best talent regardless of tenure," said Jarden Australia CEO Vanderzeil. "The sectors and factors that will produce the next generation of returns will invariably be different to those of today and we will be seeking to utilise data and partnerships to deliver a more holistic approach to research to best service our clients’ needs today and into the future."


July 2020

Deputy Head of Research, Australia & NZ



September 2020

Head of Research - Australia