Lonsec Holdings today announces key strategic appointments following the acquisition of Implemented Portfolios Limited in August 2022. Bruce Hawkins joins in the newly created role of Chief Operating Officer, Naomi Christopher is appointed a Head of Marketing and PR across the Lonsec Group and Steve Garth is appointed as Lonsec Product Investment Oversight Committee Chair.

Bruce has over 30 years’ experience in financial services with an extensive track record across investment platforms, superannuation and life insurance. Bruce has held a number of senior positions spanning finance, operations and strategic development with companies including NAB Wealth, Aviva Australia and Xplore Wealth Limited. Prior to joining Lonsec, Bruce was Group Executive – Xplore Wealth at HUB24 Limited leading the Xplore business whilst assisting in its integration into the broader HUB24 business.

Naomi Christopher was most recently National Manager – Marketing and Communications at Implemented Portfolios (IPL) and joined Lonsec Holdings following the acquisition of IPL. Her career in financial services spans 13 years, where she has worked in similar marketing and communications related roles at other financial services businesses such as Midwinter Financial Services (a Bravura owned company) and SQM Research, the funds research and ratings house.

Lonsec CEO and Managing Director of IPL, Mike Wright says “Over the past six months, both the Lonsec and IPL teams have worked tirelessly to understand each business and client groups. I am excited about the growth plans we have for the coming year and the integration of our services to all clients. Bruce has led this integration project and I am delighted that he is joining in a permanent capacity.”

“I am equally delighted that Naomi is taking on the broader Head of Marketing and PR role across the group as she built IPL’s formidable marketing presence” continues Mike.

As part of the integration of the businesses, key Lonsec portfolio managers have been appointed to the IPL Asset Allocation and Investment Committee (AAIC), which is responsible for the investment decisions relating to the IPL portfolios. Lukasz de Pourbaix joined long-standing independent members of the committee post the acquisition of the business by Lonsec in 2022 and will be joined by Nick Field, Associate Portfolio Manager for Lonsec’s listed suite of portfolios. Nick has extensive portfolio management and investment research experience having held various investment research and portfolio management roles for the past 20 years. Nick will provide additional insights and rigour to the AAIC governance process.

Finally, Lonsec has also bolstered its internal portfolio governance framework with the establishment of a group Product Investment Oversight Committee (PIOC). The PIOC is a sub board committee to the Lonsec Board and is responsible for ensuring that the IPL and Lonsec portfolios have the necessary personnel, processes and risk management frameworks in place. Lonsec has appointed Dr Steve Garth as independent chair of the PIOC. Dr Garth brings to the PIOC two decades of experience in key Financial Services roles, including a broad career managing Australian and Global portfolios.

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