Frontier veteran to depart after 20 years
Frontier Advisors has confirmed to Industry Moves that director of strategy and people, Kerrie Williams, is stepping down after two decades with the firm, effective 8 December 2017.
In a diverse career at Frontier, Williams has worked in virtually all areas of the business, ranging from providing investment and governance advice to clients, through to leading research teams, line management, compliance and marketing.
As director of strategy and people, she is responsible for strategic planning and human resources, and leads the development and delivery of Frontier’s online research, analytics and compliance platform, the Frontier Partners Platform.
Williams joined Industry Fund Services as an associate in 1997 and transferred to Frontier at its inception in July 2000. After 10 years advising a range of clients and leading Frontier's equities research team, in June 2010 she was appointed to the role of head of practice, before being promoted to her current role in June 2016.
Commenting on her 20-year tenure with the firm, Frontier CEO, Damian Moloney, said: “Kerrie is almost unique amongst professionals I have worked with in her ability to lead effectively, and deliver consistently, across so many areas of a business and, in Frontier’s case, to do so in such a complex and challenging external environment for investment advisors. Kerrie has made an important and valuable contribution to Frontier, and in turn to millions of Australian workers through the superannuation funds she has helped serve over the last twenty years.”
“Kerrie should be particularly proud of the fact that, during her time at Frontier, she has had a very direct influence on many who have worked at the firm, helping to guide, shape and boost the careers of people who are now actively spreading their own influence throughout the industry. We were all very proud of her in winning wider industry acknowledgement earlier this year in the Superannuation Executive of the Year category in the Women in Financial Services Awards.”
"Time to tackle new opportunities": Q&A with Frontier's Kerrie Williams
- What have been some of the highlights of your 20-year tenure with Frontier?
I enjoyed working closely with clients as an investment adviser over many years, but particularly helping them successfully navigate through the GFC period and the liquidity and performance challenges that presented. Leading the development of our Partners Platform offering has been another highlight, given the impact it’s had in supporting the changing needs of our client base and reshaping our advice delivery over recent years. Developing staff and seeing them grow through the firm has also been enormously rewarding. But the biggest highlight would be meeting my husband at a colleague’s wedding (thanks to Andrew Howard at VicSuper!)
- …and why is now the right time to explore life outside Frontier?
After celebrating my 20 year anniversary with Frontier in September, it seemed like the right time to tackle new opportunities. I also have a strong sense of achievement about the progress Frontier has made in recent years as a business and know that the team is in great shape, with the next generation of leaders coming through.
"The biggest highlight would be meeting my husband at a colleague’s wedding."
Director of Strategy and People