Macquarie gets its first female CEO

Ridhima Sharma
Macquarie gets its first female CEO

Macquarie has announced the appointment of Shemara Wikramanayake as company’s new CEO and managing director. Currently group head of Macquarie Asset Management, Wikramanayake succeeds Nicholas Moore, who has decided to retire from the group.

Moore will retire and step down from the Boards of Macquarie Group Limited and Macquarie Bank Limited effective 30 November 2018, shortly after delivering the group’s results for 1H19 and completing the usual investor roadshow alongside Ms Wikramanayake. Wikramanayake will be appointed to the boards of Macquarie Group Limited and Macquarie Bank Limited.

Wikramanayake joined Macquarie in 1987 and worked with Moore in Corporate Services and then in establishing Macquarie Capital, which at that time included advisory; infrastructure funds; corporate leasing and lending; and cash equities.

She was appointed head of Macquarie Asset Management in 2008, when Moore became Group CEO. In her time at Macquarie, Wikramanayake has worked in nine cities in six countries and across several business lines. This has included establishing and leading Macquarie’s corporate advisory offices in New Zealand, Hong Kong and Malaysia, and the infrastructure funds management business in the US and Canada. Wikramanayake also serves as chair of the Macquarie Group Foundation.

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