Cashwerkz has appointed former UBS executive Jon Lechte to the position of chief executive officer. Lechte was previously a director and head of markets at FIIG Securities. Prior to that, he was head of fixed income for Asia and Japan at UBS and previously head of fixed income For Australia. He has extensive experience as a board member having been chair of Orlar International and director of Transact1. He is currently a director of MoneyMe Financial Group and chair of GrowGreen Fertilisers.
After an 18 month search, Finder has appointed Chris Ellis as chief executive of Finder Australia. He joins from ViacomCBS where he was vice president of commercial and business development. He was co-founder and chief executive of GorillaStack and held senior roles at MySpace and AOL. Ellis’ priority in his new role is to scale up operations in a disciplined way, with a focus on deepening existing and building new partnerships.
Chris Durack, chief executive of Schroders Australia has been appointed to an additional role of co-head of Asia Pacific. He takes over from Lieven Debruyne who was appointed as global head of distribution earlier in the year and will share the position with Susan Soh, head of Singapore. Durack has been chief executive of Schroder Australia since 2018 and before that was the company’s head of distribution and country head of Hong Kong.
Atlas Advisors Australia has announced two appointments of executive directors from Macquarie Group. Arthur Porter has joined as executive director of real estate. He was most recently head of FACS Real Estate Finance and Consulting Services. Prior to that, he spent 14 years at Macquarie Group where he formed and led the United States Real Estate Structured Finance Group. Craig Swanger has been appointed as head of advisory board financial products. He was previously chief investment officer and head of innovation at Macquarie Group and chief economist at FIIG. Swanger co-founded Revolver Capital and Super Fierce where he is chief innovation and investment officer at both. He is also a non-executive director at Cashwerkz, Wisr and Xinja.
PwC Australia’s chief executive-elect, Tom Seymour, has announced a new executive board within four portfolios. Matt Graham, assurance leader will join the board and have the additional role of PwC Asia Pacific assurance leader. Kristin Stubbins, audit business leader and Corinne Best, trust and risk business leader will join the board under the assurance portfolio. Pete Calleja, financial advisory leader; Chris Morris, tax business leader; Martina Crowley, private clients business leader; and Rob Silverwood, deals business leader has been appointed to the board under the financial advisory portfolio. Under the consulting portfolio, David McKeering, consulting leader; Nicole Salimbeni, financial services and consumer business leader; and David Sacks, government and health business leader have been appointed. Julie McKay, chief diversity, inclusion and well-being officer; Liza Maimone, chief operating officer; and Sean Gregory, chief strategy, risk and reputation officer have been appointed under the strategic functions portfolio. Gregory will also take on the additional role as PwC Asia Pacific chief risk officer.
Digital faith-based donation platform Pushpay has appointed former Amazon executive Lovina McMurchy as a director. McMurchy is a venture partner at Movac in New Zealand. Prior to that, she was general manager of Alexa shopping at Amazon and general manager of subscriptions. She was previously general manager of Skype, general manager of advertising and online division at Microsoft and chief marketing officer of Latin America at Microsoft. Pushpay has also announced the resignation of Christopher Heaslip from the board.