First Sentier boosts leadership team

First Sentier Investors (formerly Colonial First State Global Asset Management) has announced it has made five global leadership appointments, following its acquisition by Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation.

First Sentier’s chief executive, Mark Steinberg, said the appointments signalled the business was establishing stronger foundations to support growth globally.

“Each of these appointments will play an integral role in supporting the continued development of our global asset management business,” Steinberg said.

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Rob Scott was appointed chief operating office and had 25 years of experience in global business operations and IT.

Scott was most recently head of global operations at Nikko Asset Management in Tokyo and has held roles at Deutsche Asset Management, BNP Paribas Securities Services, and ABN AMRO Asset Management across the Asia region.

Justin Hourigan has been appointed global head of data and joined from Cover-More where he was general manager, data, analytics and innovation. Before that Hourigan was a data analytics manager at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

First Sentier also appointed Lorraine Dryland as its chief information security officer and would focus on implementing a security strategy and framework to uplift the business’ capabilities. Dryland has over 20 years of experience protecting UK Critical National Infrastructure in the public and private sector.

Ben Marks had been appointed as chief audit officer and has over 30 years of audit experience in financial services. He has held senior roles at Westpac Banking Corporation, Merrill Lynch (Australia) Limited, Bankers Trust Australia Limited and KPMG. He is also a director and treasurer of the Australian Association of Lloyd’s Members (AALM).

Frist Sentier noted that it had recently established a subsidiary in Ireland (FSI Ireland) to service the company’s European Union clients.

Adrian Hilderly was appointed head of FSI Ireland and was responsible for the management and development of FSI Ireland’s operations including regulatory interaction and oversight of our investment and distribution activities.

Prior to this, Hilderly was head of risk and compliance EMEA for the firm. He had over 30 years of industry experience and has also held roles at BlackRock, Merrill Lynch, and Schroders.

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