Michael commenced as CEO of Investment Trends in 2016, having been our first client in 2004, and having served on our Advisory Board since 2014. He has a long and successful history as a financial services executive, having headed up brokerages, banking divisions and product and segment lines over the past two decades. Perhaps his most well-known role was as Head of CommSec in Australia over the period where the business grew to become the market’s dominant retail brokerage.
He has lived and worked in Australia, the US and Asia, and has worked as an Executive, a Non-Executive Director and an Advisor across businesses in Australia, the US, Japan, China, Singapore, India, Malaysia, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Indonesia. Michael has an enormous breadth of experience geographically, across client segments, across asset classes and across financial services products.
Michael is a former Director of the Securities and Derivatives Industry Association (now the Stockbrokers and Financial Advisers Association of Australia), the Commonwealth Bank Foundation, The Eye Surgeon’s Foundation and is a former member of the ASX Market Rules Committee. He is currently also Chairman of the Australian Centre for Photography and is a Director of the only Chinese bank listed on that country’s Xin San Ban (New Third Board).