FMA reveals key leadership appointments

by NZ Adviser16 Oct 2015
The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) has announced its revised organisational structure and key appointments for its executive committee this morning.  

“The FMA has undergone significant change and growth since its establishment in 2011," FMA chief executive Rob Everett said. 

"This new structure should be sustainable over the medium-term, taking advantage of existing strong leaders within the FMA, and bringing essential new skills and experience to the leadership team.”
 
The external appointments to the team include Nick Kynoch, appointed as general counsel, in an expanded role that includes the functions of litigation and enforcement, corporate legal, regulatory policy and the FMA’s own governance. Kynoch will commence in January and leaving his role as global head of contentious regulatory compliance and conduct risk at the investment banking arm of Barclays Bank PLC in London. 

Sarah Coleman commenced in September in the role of director of people and capability, coming from law firm Chapman Tripp where she was Director of HR.

Two new executive roles have been created with appointments from within the FMA which include Garth Stanish, director of capital markets who will lead this new function to deliver an end-to-end contact point for capital markets participants and issuers.

And Simone Robbers as director of strategy and risk. Robbers will lead another new function to provide senior leadership of the development of the FMA’s regulatory strategy and the coordination of that strategy with co-regulators and government agencies. T
 
“The regulatory functions and focus for each member of the executive committee are now well-balanced across the requirements of all the market participants and sectors we regulate," says Everett.

"I’m pleased to have brought together such a strong executive group, including local and global expertise acquired at the highest level, to deliver on our strategic priorities.”

“I’d like to acknowledge the significant contributions of Owen Gill, as director of external communications and Diana Christensen, as director of people and capability, who have both provided invaluable services for us during their fixed-term contracts.”
 
Gill has elected to leave at the end of his (extended) term, having come to the FMA from Sydney last year, to lead the communications function on an interim basis during the transition to the Financial Markets Conduct Act.

Christensen has also completed her interim role and has been instrumental in launching the FMA’s extensive three-year people and culture strategy.

The new structure is being implemented over the next three months and will be effective from 1 December 2015, with the general counsel function fully effective from January 2016.

The FMA will confirm a further appointment to the role of communications director will be confirmed shortly.

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