New appointments position Bennelong for future growth

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Bennelong Funds Management (Bennelong) has promoted its Head of Finance, Hamish Wood, to Chief Strategy Officer. He will report to Chief Executive Officer Craig Bingham.

Hamish will be responsible for ensuring the operational goals of the business are aligned with Bennelong’s strategic direction.

“In his five years with Bennelong, Hamish has held a number of roles within the business and has a solid understanding of our future growth plans. He will lead the organisation-wide programs that will support our ongoing sustainable growth and will continue to support our off-shore efforts,” Craig said.

Hamish joined Bennelong in February 2012 as Head of Operations and Finance; he was promoted to Head of Finance and Governance before assuming his current position. He has over 10 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to relocating to Melbourne, Hamish spent four years with GLG Partners in London as a manager in the Finance division. Other previous employers include Citigroup (London) and PricewaterhouseCoopers (New Zealand).

With the promotion of Hamish to his new role, Raymond Lau has been promoted to Head of Finance reporting to Chief Financial Officer Jeff Phillips.

Raymond joined Bennelong in September 2016 as Finance Manager and has over 11 years of experience. He previously held roles with Pentana Solutions as a global senior financial accountant and prior to that was a senior accountant at Bentleys MRI in the Business and Advisory Services division.

As Bennelong continues to grow, it is also expanding its marketing capabilities.

Hannah Pietsch has been appointed Communications Manager, reporting to Head of Marketing Ella Tassi. She joins from Russell Investments where she worked as Marketing Content Manager. Prior to this, Hannah spent 10 years with Australian Unity in a number of marketing, communications and public relations roles. Past employers include Vision 2020 Australia and World Vision Australia.

Steven Asquith has been appointed Digital Marketing Manager, also reporting to Ella. Steven’s previous roles include Marketing Manager at VicSuper, Marketing Manager at Salmat, plus roles at Dun & Bradstreet, GE Capital, and Origin Energy.

Minna Pacanowski has been promoted to Marketing Officer, Projects & Analytics, having joined Bennelong 18 months ago as Marketing Assistant.

The appointments and promotions enable Bennelong to boost its capability to support its eight boutique asset management teams in Australia.

“Attracting and retaining talent is a competitive advantage. The best way we can look after investors is by creating the right culture. A culture built around people, innovation, excitement and allowing people to grow within their role. In turn, it is this culture which helps the overall business grow,” said Craig.

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