Specialist lender reshuffles executive team

by Julia Corderoy17 Apr 2015
La Trobe Financial has announced a number of changes to its senior executive team.

The former senior vice president, Randal Williams has been appointed chief lending officer. In this role, Williams will be responsible for overseeing the management of the real estate credit division involving the distribution, credit, operations and sales teams. 

Previously, Williams was the chief investment officer and has held a variety of senior management roles in the organisation including head of legal & compliance, head of funds management and company secretary.

Chris Andrews, vice president, will replace Williams as chief investment officer with responsibility for running all aspects of La Trobe’s funds management division, including its mortgage fund. Andrews was formerly head of funds management and prior to this he was senior legal counsel for the La Trobe Financial Group.

Vice president, Martin Barry has also been appointed chief wealth management officer. In this role, Barry will be responsible for the global asset management division. He is also head of the Group’s Sydney office, which has grown dramatically in the last twelve months from 2 to 12 key staff members.

La Trobe’s President and CEO, Greg O’Neill says that the senior executive changes contribute further to the strength of La Trobe Financial with an experienced and capable leadership team. 

“I have no doubt these individuals will continue to make a valuable contribution to our clients, staff and business results. We are entering an exciting growth phase as we expand our business and I’m confident we have the best team to drive us there.”

In addition, La Trobe announced two further appointments to its executive team.

Jacki Jennings has been appointed executive general manager – head of custody. Jennings has been with the specialist lender since 1985 and was previously customer service manager.

Finally, Jason Gidman has been appointed head of portfolio management. Gidman started his career with La Trobe Financial in December 1992 and has held a number of senior positions across the lender, originally with a focus on origination, selection and management of the group and fund assets. Gidman was the group’s first portfolio manager, a role that he was appointed to nine years ago.