With over 25 years’ experience in the industry, Craig is a highly regarded financial services executive with extensive experience in Australian and international markets. He joins Bennelong from Federated Investors Asia Pacific where he was CEO. Prior to that, he was CEO at Portfolio Partners which later became Aviva Investors Asia Pacific, where he was responsible for establishing and developing licensed asset management businesses in Australia, Singapore and China, and expanding Aviva’s presence in Asia and the Middle East. Under Craig’s leadership, he built the strong-performing, award-winning Aviva Investors brand in the Australian market, opened distribution offices in Taiwan, the Middle East and Japan, and created an enviable corporate culture with a strong profit focus.
“I am thrilled to be joining Bennelong and becoming part of the successful business that has been built over the last six years,” said Craig. “Bennelong have established a fantastic platform for growth and its prospects for the future look great, so it is an exciting time to be leading the business.”
Bennelong Chairman Mike Pratt said, “We are delighted to have attracted such a highly respected and talented leader. In particular, Craig’s experience leading successful businesses with multiple asset management teams across various asset classes, both locally and internationally, and his background in institutional sales, will be incredibly valuable in helping Bennelong achieve its long-term goals.
“While Bennelong has seen exponential growth in the past six years, our ambition for future success continues to be a key driver. There is still plenty of untapped potential to be explored - the acquisition of new teams and expansion of our distribution footprint, both domestically and globally, are the business’ main focus moving forward. We look forward to broadening Bennelong’s offer under Craig’s leadership.”
Since its establishment in 2008, Bennelong has grown its funds under management to over $6 billion through its four asset management teams, Bennelong Australian Equity Partners, Avoca Investment Management, Kardinia Capital and Bennelong Long Short Equity Management.