FIindex targets talent growth in 2020 with appointment of chief people officer, Jane Betts

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Findex, one of Australasia’s leading integrated advisory firms, has announced the appointment of Jane Betts in its newly created role of Chief People Officer (CPO).

Designed to supercharge Findex’s people strategy, this newly created role will sit in the executive management team and be responsible for the driving the group’s employee engagement, retention and acquisition strategies.

Findex employs over 3,000 staff in regional and metropolitan Australia and New Zealand, delivering accountancy and advisory services to a client base of more than 250,000 individuals, over 80,000 businesses and over $17bn funds under advice. With plans to continue its merger and acquisition strategy in 2020, (having already completed 6 acquisitions in 2019 and 5 in 2018), Ms Betts is a welcome leadership appointment in this space.

Speaking about her appointment, Ms Betts said, “I am delighted to be joining Findex as Chief People Officer and am excited by the focus a newly created role brings to the group. Findex is at an exciting point in its talent evolution and I’m looking forward to building on Findex’s existing strengths, as well as looking at our talent development strategies as the team grows in 2020.”

Spiro Paule, Findex CEO, also commented on Ms Betts’ appointment saying, “Elevating the Chief People Officer role to an executive level is a demonstration of our commitment to nurturing, developing and growing our people.

We believe that our ability to retain and attract industry leading talent is what enables us to deliver best in class solutions to our clients and the broader market place. We’ve experienced growth in a number of key areas for us in 2019 and look forward to what 2020 and beyond holds for our people.” Across 2019, Findex announced 57 new partners and invested strongly in its regional expansion, positioning it as regional powerhouse in the advisory space through its 110 office network.

Ms Betts brings to the group over two decades of experience in senior HR leadership positions across major financial services organisations. She most recently joins from AGL, where she was GM for People Partnering, Strategy and Transformation, supporting the transition and benefits realisation following its major investment into the business model last year. Prior to this, Ms Betts was Group Executive for Human Resources at Australian Unity, which experienced a 200% growth in headcount during her three years in post.

Ms Betts starts in post from 6 November 2019.

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