ANZ ETFS Management (AUS) Limited (ANZ ETFS) has announced the appointment of Kris Walesby as Head of ANZ ETFS effective 10 October 2015. Kris will relocate to Sydney from London, where he has worked in the exchange traded funds (ETF) business for the last nine years…..
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Kris will be joining from Invesco Powershares, where he is Head of Capital Markets for Europe, the Middle East and Africa with responsibilities for distribution. He brings a wealth of experience in ETFs having previously worked for a number of ETF and asset management firms including ETF Securities Ltd, Deutsche Bank and BlackRock. He holds a Masters degree in Investment Management from Cass Business School.
As Head of ANZ ETFS, Kris will focus on building from the successful launch of the partnership and delivering more choice and greater access to ETFs for Australian investors.
Kris’ appointment follows the departure of Danny Laidler, ANZ ETFS Co-head and Head of Distribution, and Adam Smith, ANZ ETFS Co-head and Chief Operating Officer, who will be departing at the end of September. Both played a role in setting up the joint venture and ensuring the first suite of products was successfully launched on the Australian Securities Exchange. Following this initial roll-out, they have decided to pursue other opportunities.
Commenting on the appointment, Graham Tuckwell, Chairman and Founder of the ETF Securities Group, said: “We are delighted that Kris has agreed to move to Australia to head this very important new business. We are very fortunate to have such an experienced person take on this role and this senior appointment reflects both our commitment to building the business and Kris’ confidence in being able to deliver such in the coming years. We believe his deep knowledge of the ETF market and understanding of investors’ needs will be instrumental in further expanding the scope of our partnership with ANZ.”