Investment manager announces new Australian CEO and COO

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Kris Walesby will join the Asia-founded company and take over as CEO after serving 5 years as CEO at ETF Securities.

Mr Walesby has previously worked for a number of investment managers in London, including BlackRock, before moving back to Australia in 2015 as head of capital markets for Europe, Middle East and Africa at Invesco Powershares.  

“My goal as CEO is to position the firm as the market-leading asset manager in Australia providing innovative investments,” Mr Walesby said.

“We want to be regarded by clients, and broader communities, for consistently providing the best of breed investment solutions.  

“With the combination of Mirae Asset’s deep fund management expertise and the local knowledge of the existing team, we hope to establish a strong Australian identity.”

Mirae Asset’s head of global business, Young Kim, added, “Combined with Kris’s deep knowledge and understanding of investment management sector and his successful track record in growing businesses and developing people, we look forward to his contribution towards strengthening the Australian business”.

Meanwhile, Oliver Reynolds has been announced as Mirae Assets’ Australian COO, where he will move to from Coolabah Capital as its CFO.

Mr Reynolds has also worked in several senior positions across companies including the XTB group, BlackRock and Westpac.

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