New appointments at Maple-Brown Abbott

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MEDIA RELEASE: Maple-Brown Abbott has appointed Wendy Cox to the newly created role of Head of Finance and HR and promoted Lata McNulty to the newly created role of Chief Risk Officer.  

Ms Cox joins the firm on 3 August.  Both Ms McNulty and Ms Cox will report to CEO and Managing Director, Sophia Rahmani, and join the Senior Management Team.

Ms Rahmani said: “We are delighted to welcome Wendy to Maple-Brown Abbott and to promote Lata who joined us in March.  

“Both Wendy and Lata are exceptional candidates for these roles, with diverse, global experience with a variety of top-tier firms, and exemplify the cultural attributes we seek out.  

“These appointments will add further momentum to our strategy to evolve, diversify and grow.”

Ms Rahmani added that Ms Cox’s extensive international experience in a range of finance roles will be of particular benefit as the business enters the next stage of its evolution.

“We are actively seeking to grow our business through organic growth of our existing investment strategies and looking to add new investment strategies, and Wendy’s experience will be vital in setting up and structuring this growth.

“In particular, her experience at Fidante working closely with a stable of boutique fund managers will be particularly relevant to us as we further build our capability in this area,” Ms Rahmani said.

Ms Cox was most recently with RF Capital as finance consultant.  Prior to this, she spent three years with Challenger Limited as financial controller – boutique finance, and has also worked with CBA, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays Capital and Deloitte in the UK, USA and South Africa.

She holds a Master of Finance from Griffin University in Queensland as well as Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from the University of Pretoria in South Africa.  She is a Registered South African Chartered Accountant.

Ms McNulty will transition into her new role in September for an initial six month term.  She will also transition into the role of Company Secretary by the end of the year.  

Ms McNulty joined Maple-Brown Abbott in March as the Head of Projects.  She has extensive experience in risk and compliance, most recently at Link Group and RBC Investor and Treasury Services.