Tell us about your career path.
I have been CFO of ASX for the past eight years. Previously I was the Group Financial Controller of ASX Limited, a position I held since the ASX merged with the Sydney Futures Exchange (SFE) in 2006. I took on the ASX role and reshaped the two individual finance functions into one. Prior to that I was the CFO of an unlisted company providing financial services back office processing having spent a number of years previously with the predecessor bank to JP Morgan
What has been a career high?
I have been fortunate to work for a number of organisations that were new in Australia which meant it was an exciting time and you basically wrote your own job spec as very little was established. This involved setting up functions and hiring staff and setting the strategy for the finance team. On joining ASX post the merger, there was a lot to do in order to blend the two teams and refocus the efforts of the finance team.
Working for a company with two very different partners as shareholders was sometimes difficult, particularly with respect to getting support for initiatives presented to the Board. Probably one of the lows in terms of feeling you have accomplished something.
FEI started its mentoring program in 2003, with six prominent chief financial officers mentoring aspiring young financial executives from outside their own companies. The program has grown significantly since then. In 2017/18 about 55 companies are involved, with 66 mentees in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
Most of the mentors are the Group CFOs of major companies; in some cases they are divisional CFOs in the largest companies or former CFOs who are now CEOs, COOs, company directors or business unit heads. The companies represented include listed entities, the Australian operations of overseas listed companies, private companies and government-owned companies. Many have been FEI mentors for several years.
The mentees are nominated by a senior executive (normally the Group CFO) of a company that supports our membership and mentoring program. These companies are usually major companies in Australia.