First State Investments has made four global leadership appointments in a bid to strengthen the firm's global operations.
The firm has appointed Rob Scott as chief operating officer (COO).Scott has global responsibility for Operations, IT and Data and will sit on the executive leadership team.
He brings more than 25 years' experience in global business operations and IT. Prior to this role, he was head of Global Operations at Nikko Asset Management in Tokyo. He also held roles at Deutsche Asset Management, BNP Paribas Securities Services, and ABN AMRO Asset Management across the Asia region.
Justin Hourigan has been appointed global head of Data. He will be reporting to Rob Scott and joins the firm from Cover-More, where he was general manager, Data, Analytics & Innovation. Prior to that, he worked with Commonwealth Bank of Australia as a Data Analytics Manager. Hourigan brings a depth of experience in successfully leading and implementing data management capabilities, and underpinning business decisions with data-driven business intelligence and analytics.
Lorraine Dryland joins the firm as a chief information security officer. Reporting to global head of IT, Kerry McCormack, Dryland will be responsible for Information and Cyber Security and will focus on implementing a security strategy and framework to uplift the business' capabilities in this area.
With more than 20 years' experience protecting UK Critical National Infrastructure in the public and private sector, she joins the firm from the Department for Work and Pensions and has previously worked for Vodafone, Bank of England and the UK's National Crime Agency.
Ben Marks has been hired as a chief audit officer. He previously held senior roles at Westpac Banking Corporation, Merrill Lynch (Australia) Limited, Bankers Trust Australia Limited, and KPMG. He is also a director and treasurer of the Australian Association of Lloyd's Members (AALM).
First State Investments chief executive officer Mark Steinberg said: "It is really exciting to welcome such a strong calibre of talent to the business.
"Each of these appointments will play an integral role in supporting the continued development of our global asset management business."