Australian Ethical appoints new executive

Australian Ethical Investment named a new executive officer, superannuation in addition to a raft of appointments to its investment, ethics and marketing team.

The ethical investment manager confirmed head of product operations Matthew Gahan is replacing Meagan Birch, who departed the company in January.

Gahan acted in the role last year while Birch took parental leave and will not take on the role permanently.

He joined Australian Ethical Investment in 2013 from OnePath where he was a senior business analyst. He has also previously held roles with CommInsure and Pillar Administration.

Australian Ethical Investment also announced a number of appointments to support its ongoing growth, driven by the greater importance being placed on ethical investing.

Deana Mitchell will join the investment manager later this month as an equities analyst. Mitchell joins from Macquarie where she has spent the last 14 years working across various equities research roles.

A new ethics analyst was also recently appointed. Amanda Richman joined Australian Ethical Investment in February from Allens law firm.

"Amanda intends to use her legal training and six years of commercial experience to critically assess investment opportunities and advocate for change," the fund manager said.

Finally, a former head of member experience at Qantas Super has been named as the new head of communications at Australian Ethical Investment.

Dimity MacDonald spent four years at the $7 billion fund before leaving in December 2016. She has also previously held roles with J.P. Morgan, AXA and the NRMA.

Commenting on the appointments, Australian Ethical Investment managing director Phil Vernon said the business' clear purpose and value-aligned investments is attracting top talent.

"We are a purpose-driven business and people are highly motivated to join us because our work is having a long-term positive impact," Vernon said.

He added that a financial system based purely on the pursuit of profits or financial returns is not good enough.

"A new model is needed where all decisions are made conscious of their broader impact on the world around us. Our employees tell us they feel very connected to a business that is so aligned to their values," he said.

Read more: Australian Ethical InvestmentsuperannuationAmanda RichmanDeana MitchellMatthew GahanMeagan BirchPhil VernonAllensAXACommInsureDimity MacDonaldJ.P. MorganMacquarieNRMAOnePathPillar AdministrationQantas Super
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