Gig Guide: Board revamp for RegTech Association

Brandon How

The new chair of the RegTech Association (RTA) is Commonwealth Bank’s general manager performance and risk transformation Jasper Poos. The deputy chair role has been filled by Leica Ison, the founder and chief executive officer of RegTech firm Skyjed.

Mr Poos has previously chaired the RTA membership and conferences committees and has been on the board since 2018, while Ms Ison has been on the board since 2021. Outgoing chair Julian Fenwick spent five years in the role and will still remain on the board. Mr Fenwick was co-founder of the RTA and is also managing director of online legal compliance training provider GRC Solutions.

The new chair of the RegTech Association is Jasper Poos while the new deputy chair is Leica Ison

RTA chief executive Deborah Young said the appointments would be very beneficial to the association.

“Jasper and Leica will bring fresh perspectives to their respective roles from an institutional, industry-agnostic and digital transformation viewpoint. They are both well regarded by their peers and fellow directors, and our Executive are looking forward to their leadership in the coming years,” Ms Young said.

Fortescue Future Industries’ new chief financial officer (CFO) is the Reserve Bank of Australia’s (RBA) Deputy Governor Dr Guy Debelle. He will head the new FFI office in Sydney when he starts the role in June. Dr Debelle spent 25 years at the RBA and has been deputy governor since September 2016.

Dr Debelle said he was looking forward to playing his part in addressing climate change.

“I see this as an incredibly exciting opportunity for the future of our country and the world. There are challenges ahead in managing the transition and in managing the financial risks. But with the risk comes a great potential for reward,” Dr Debelle said.

Fortescue chair and founder Andrew Forrest said this appointment was indicative of the firm’s commitment to tackling climate change as well as creating economic opportunity.

The Australian Academy of Science handed out its annual honours to 20 Australian scientists. Premier Honorific awards have gone to the University of Sydney’s Professor Steve Simpson and CSIRO’s Dr Liz Dennis. They received recognition for their work in understanding swarming locusts and plant molecular biology respectively.

Nasdaq listed and Brisbane founded Tritium charging has appointed Glen Casey as its new chief operating officer, following six months as Tritium’s interim director of global operations. Mr Casey has previously held senior leadership positions at Philips, British chemicals company Imperial Chemical Industries, and gardening equipment business Nylex.

Ammonia producer Incitec Pivot has appointed Paul Victor as its new chief financial officer. Mr Victor has more than 30-years of experience across various resource and energy businesses. Most recently, he was chief financial officer of South African energy and chemicals firm Sasol Synfuels, which capped his more than 20-year stint there.

Chris Opperman has been acting in the role over the last six months and will continue until Mr Victor begins his time with Incitec on July 1. Mr Opperman’s next role with Incitec will be announced at a later date.

At the Australian Tax Office, Richard Mold has been promoted to services and improvements assistant commissioner.

Canon Oceania’s new managing director is Kotaro Fukushima who replaces Akira Yoshida. Mr Fukushima has worked across Canon’s corporate affairs, corporate communications, and special events divisions, as well as spending four years with Canon USA. Mr Yoshida will take up a senior role in the digital printing group at Canon’s headquarters in Japan.

Western Australia’s (WA) state energy company Western Power has lost its CEO Ed Kalazjic who moves to the private sector. Mr Kalazjic has been in the role since May 2020, and previously held the CFO role for nine months prior. Executive manager asset operations Sam Barbaro, who has been at the company since 2007, will serve as interim CEO as recruitment takes place.

Western Power chair Colin Beckett thanked Mr Kalazjic for his time in the role, particularly his support in setting “the framework for [Western Power’s] ongoing decarbonisation journey.”

The WA government has appointed three industry representatives to a governance board in charge of grant assessments for the state’s $100 million Investment Attraction Fund. Sitting alongside senior WA public servants are medical insurance provider HBF’s CEO John Van Der Wielen, principal consultant for mining consultant CSA Global Ivy Chen, and Australian Venture Consultants partner Larry Lopez.

Property Exchange Australia has named Eglantine Etiemble as its new chief technology officer. After just over four years with the company, she leaves her role as DuluxGroup executive general manager IT and digital.

Ms Etiemble shared her excitement on LinkedIn and described Property Exchange Australia as “revolutionising the way we exchange property, transforming a complex, paper-based process with a digital, simplified, and secure solution.”

The WA government has also found a new chair for its Health Translation Network in former Liberal senator Ian Campbell. Mr Campbell is replacing former governor of WA Malcolm McCusker. The network facilitates collaboration between universities, research institutions, and healthcare providers to translate research into changes in policy, practice, training, and innovation.

The National Competition Council’s part-time president Julie-Anne Schafer has been reappointed for another three years. Ms Schafer has been leading the research and advisory body since December 2015.

Independent advisory body Infrastructure Victoria has appointed Dr Jonathan Spear as its new CEO. Dr Spear has been acting the role for five months and has been with the body for almost eight years.

Management consultant Kearney has made Han Liem a partner after a total of nine years working for the firm. He works within the firm’s technology business.

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