ASIC commissioner steps down to join Vanguard

ASIC vanguard Commissioner regulation

17 January 2023
| By Charbel Kadib |
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The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has announced the departure of commissioner Sean Hughes, effective from 3 February, 2023.

Hughes cut short his term as commissioner, originally scheduled to conclude on 1 December, to join global investment management firm Vanguard Australia, where he would lead the Australian Office of the General Counsel.

In his new role, Hughes would be tasked with overseeing the legal and compliance functions of the business as part of the Australian executive team.

Vanguard Australia managing director, Daniel Shrimski, welcomed Hughes to the firm, noting his experience in law, governance, regulation, financial services, wealth management and risk.

“The strong foundations built by Vanguard’s Australian leadership over the past 27 years has always been guided by delivering on Vanguard’s mission, and with Sean’s appointment we continue to focus on building teams led by strong leaders who will ensure that the business remains aligned with the new and changing needs of our clients into the future, to offer them the best chance of investing success," he said. 

Hughes joined Vanguard after decades of service with ASIC, culminating in his stint as commissioner from November 2018.

During his term as commissioner, Hughes oversaw the implementation of a swathe of reforms across the financial services sector.

This included the introduction of revised responsible lending guidance, and more recently, the implementation of a new breach reporting regime — requiring Australian financial services (AFS) licensees and credit licensees to submit notifications about "reportable situations" to ASIC within 30 calendar days.

ASIC chair Joe Longo thanked Hughes for his service to the corporate regulator.  

‘We are grateful for the contribution Sean has made to ASIC in his role as Commissioner and wish him well in the next stage of his career,” Longo said.

Prior to assuming the role of commissioner, Hughes held a number of senior positions with ASIC, including as senior executive leader for corporate governance and corporations from 2008-2010.

Hughes also held a number of senior executive roles from 1999-2003, including as director, financial services regulation.

Commonwealth Treasurer, Jim Chalmers, would now be responsible for appointing Hughes’ replacement.

The prospective appointee would join chair Longo, deputy chairs Sarah Court and Karen Chester, and commissioner Danielle Press.

 

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