FNZ, the global wealth management platform, is pleased to announce the appointment of Kirsty Gross as a non-executive director of FNZ Custodians (Australia) Pty Ltd, to support the group’s growth strategy, governance, and risk management.
Kirsty has extensive experience across the financial technology industry, as well as the regulatory landscape, including as Manging Director at Iress, a technology company providing software to the financial services sector globally. Kirsty's appointment is part of FNZ’s ongoing commitment to strengthening its global boards to ensure it has the right mix of skills and experience to drive the company's continued success. In her role, she will also align with and support the APAC Group Board.
Among other roles, Kirsty led the Financial Markets business in Australia and New Zealand during her twenty-five years working at Iress. She was responsible for providing trading and market data software and technology servicing stockbrokers, wealth advisors, and fund managers. Before that, Kirsty worked at McIntosh Securities Ltd, an international investment banking and stock-broking group, where she worked with the options desk and in the margin lending area.
Kirsty will start in her new role effective immediately and will be based in Sydney, Australia.
Since its foundation in 2003 in New Zealand, FNZ has demonstrated exponential growth. In the last six years, it has grown assets under administration over seven-fold from US$212 billion to over US$1.5 trillion. The company now partners with over 800 large financial institutions and over 8,000 wealth management firms including abrdn, Barclays, Colonial First State, Findex, Generali, Jarden, Lloyds, Momentum, National Australia Bank, Quilter, Swedbank, UBS, UOB and Vanguard.
FNZ operates in over 30 global locations and has around 6,000 employees, with c.300 people employed in Australia.
Scott Webster, CEO, FNZ Securities, said: “We are excited to welcome Kirsty to our board of directors in Sydney. Her wealth of experience and deep understanding of the financial technology industry will be invaluable to us as we continue to grow and expand our business in Australia. We look forward to working with Kirsty and benefiting from her insights and expertise.”
Kirsty Gross, Non-Executive Director FNZ, said: “I am thrilled to join FNZ’s Custodians board in Sydney. FNZ is a dynamic and innovative company with a strong reputation in the market, and I am excited to contribute to its continued success in the region."