First Sentier Investors has announced two global leadership appointments. Amanda Tibbett has joined as chief marketing and communications officer. She has been managing the rebrand of the business from Colonial First State Global Asset Management. Prior to that, Tibbett was Fidelity International’s head of marketing and digital in Asia Pacific and was previously the head of marketing and corporate communications for Fidelity International’s Australian division. Bachar Beaini has been promoted to managing director of Americas. He has been with the company since 2004 and was most recently senior director of institutional business in New York and before that institutional business development manager in Sydney.
Super fund HESTA is overhauling its investment leadership as part of the internalisation of Australian equity management. Steven Semczyszyn has been appointed general manager, growth, to lead development of the new structure. He was formerly the chief investment officer of equity fund manager JCP Investment Partners. HESTA is also recruiting for a general manager, strategic tilting, who will be responsible for dynamic asset allocation and rebalancing. Internalisation of cash and fixed income is planned for 2022.
ClearView Wealth has appointed Hicham Mourad as general manager of information technology. He joins from Westpac where he was head of platforms, investments and operations. Prior to that he was a partner at technology consultancy, Mapleleaf Consulting, and previously held senior IT roles at Fiserv and ANZ. Mourad will be responsible for the implementation of the group’s new IT strategy.
Former Deloitte partner Ashley Miller has joined business lender Moula as its inaugural chief financial officer. Miller was a corporate finance partner for over 12 years and led due diligence on a range of acquisitions, divestments and initial public offering transactions.
Troubled finance company Thorn Group has appointed a new general manager of Thorn Business Finance. Paul Rathbone joins from his role as chief executive officer of Classic Funding Group. He will be responsible for developing the growth of the commercial business and will report to chief executive Peter Lirantzis.
SuperConcepts has appointed Stuart Forsyth as the new independent chair. He was been a director since 2015 and was previously an assistant deputy commissioner of superannuation at the Australian Taxation Office. Forsyth has also been a director of SuperIQ and a consultant at McPherson Super Consulting.
EQT Holdings has appointed Carol Schwartz as a non-executive director. Schwartz sits on the board of the Reserve Bank of Australia. She is also a director of Qualitas Property Partners and the Trawalla Group. In 2004 she and other family members founded Trawalla Foundation to fund individuals and organisations with a focus on strengthening gender equity, creativity, sustainability and social justice.
Cash Converters has announced the resignation of its chief executive Brendan White after less than 12 months with the company. Sam Budiselik has taken over the role. He has been with the company since 2016 and was most recently chief operating officer.