Australian Ethical announces senior leadership appointments

Australian Ethical hires appointments

15 March 2023
| By Rhea Nath |
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Australian Ethical has announced three senior leadership appointments, which include a new chief investment officer, a deputy chief investment officer, and newly-created role of head of impact and ethics.

Ludovic Theau would join as CIO effective 3 April, 2023. A former CIO of the $30 billion Clean Energy Finance Corporation, his  experience in investment banking and investment management would span Hastings, Westpac, BNP Paribas, Macquarie, UBS, and ABN Amro.

Theau’s expertise was in multiple asset classes including infrastructure, structured debt, public equities, private markets and private equity/venture capital. 

He would be joined by John Woods, Australian Ethical’s head of asset allocation, who was promoted to the role of deputy CIO and head of multi-asset. Wood had been with the ethical investment manager since 2021 and had previously held investment, strategy, and portfolio management roles at CLSA, Macquarie Group, and IBM. 

Alison George was appointed head of impact and ethics, effective from 1 May, 2023. In this role, she would be responsible for leading Australian Ethical’s research team and the ongoing development of the company’s impact framework and delivery. 

George had more than 25 years of experience across accounting services, sustainability, and impact investing and had previously held senior investment and leadership roles at Regnan, Monash Sustainability Enterprises, Essential Services Commission and EY.   

“Australian Ethical’s significant leadership and global reputation, enables it to attract and retain domestic and international candidates of the highest calibre,” stated John McMurdo, managing director.

“The appointments of Ludo, John and Alison reinforce this position, and further enhance our leadership in ethical investing not only in Australia, but globally.”

Additionally, Dr Stuart Palmer, head of ethics research, would step into the role of ethical futures lead, focusing on bespoke dedicated areas of research and analysis relating to the ethical investing landscape.

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