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Australian Equities Team
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    Paul Xiradis

    Paul Xiradis

    Executive Chairman / Chief Investment Officer / Head of Equities

    AAIBF Fellow, ASIA, FAICD, MNIA, GDipAppFin

    Investment experience since: 1979

    Founded Ausbil: 1997

    Responsibilities: Portfolio construction and strategy, Equities team management

    Paul has over 37 years of financial services experience with companies such as Westpac Banking Corporation’s Investment Management Division, Mercantile & General and Legal & General Asset Management. Paul’s career includes senior roles in management, investment and portfolio management in the funds management industry.

    In 1997, Paul co-founded Ausbil where he holds the position of Executive Chairman, Chief Investment Officer and Head of Equities. Paul has been instrumental in building the funds under management at Ausbil to over $9 billion. Paul’s role includes strategy, portfolio construction and input into the investment management of Ausbil’s funds.

    Paul is a member and Chairman of Ausbil’s Portfolio Construction Committee.

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    John Grace

    John Grace

    Director / Co-Head of Equities

    BEcon. SIA (Aff)

    Investment experience since: 1993

    Joined Ausbil: 2001

    Responsibilities: Portfolio construction and strategy

    John has over 25 years of financial services experience with companies such as McNall & Hordern (Sydney), Cazenove & Co (London), Royal Insurance Asset Management (London) and Legal & General Asset Management (Sydney). John’s career includes senior roles in management, stock broking, investment management and portfolio management in the funds management industry. John’s initial grounding in equity analysis came through positions with stockbroking firms McNall & Hordern in Sydney and Cazenove & Co in London.

    Whilst in the United Kingdom, John became Portfolio Manager for Royal Insurance Asset Management with responsibility for Asia Pacific Funds. Back in Australia after five years in London, John joined Legal & General Asset Management as Senior Portfolio Manager. In 2001, John moved to Ausbil where he now holds the position of Co-Head of Equities. John’s role includes strategy and portfolio construction, as well as input into the investment management of the Fund.

    John is a member of Ausbil’s Portfolio Construction Committee.

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    Gian Pandit

    Gian Pandit

    Deputy Head of Equities

    BArts (Major in Economics) (University of Sydney)

    Investment experience since: 1991

    Joined Ausbil: 2015

    Responsibilities: Portfolio construction and strategy

    Gian has over 25 years of financial services experience with companies such as Deutsche Bank, Ellerston Capital, ING and AMP Capital. Gian’s career includes senior roles in management, investment management and portfolio management in the funds management industry. Before joining Ausbil, Gian was a Co-Head of the Australian Fundamental Equities team at AMP Capital.

    His primary roles were the management of a long/short equities portfolio, management of a concentrated equities portfolio and overall management of over $7 billion of funds under management. Prior to joining AMP Capital, Gian was Director of Investments Senior Portfolio Manager at ING where he managed concentrated and long short portfolios with funds under management exceeding $10 billion. Gian’s role includes strategy and portfolio construction, as well as research, analysis and investment management. Gian is a member of Ausbil’s Portfolio Construction Committee.

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    Jim Chronis

    Jim Chronis

    Chief Economist, Associate Director – Debt and Diversifieds

    BLaw and Econ (Hons) 

    Joined Ausbil: 2014

    Responsibilities: Macroeconomic research and the management of Ausbil Balanced Fund cash and fixed interest mandates.

    Jim brings to Ausbil over 20 years investment experience, managing multi-billion dollar active fixed interest portfolios for the likes of BT Investment Management, Rothschild Australia Asset management and Commonwealth Bank Financial Services Asset Management. As a highly experienced fixed interest macro strategist and economist, over his career he has demonstrated a consistent skill in adding value to portfolios and translating macroeconomic themes into investment strategies.

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    Nicholas Condoleon

    Nicholas Condoleon

    Head of Research, Equities Analyst

    BBus (Major in Accounting), GradDipAppFin (Finsia)

    Joined Ausbil: 2007

    Responsibilities: Head of Research, Sector and stock analysis

    Nicholas has 23 years of financial markets experience working in Sydney, London and New York including over 16 years in equity analysis. Prior to joining Ausbil Nicholas worked with Citigroup in Australia and then New York specialising in healthcare and pharmaceuticals equity analysis. Nicholas held earlier positions in structured finance with Bankers Trust in Sydney and equity risk analysis with Commerzbank in London. In 2012 Nicholas was appointed Head of Equities Research at Ausbil.

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    Brendan Wong

    Brendan Wong, CFA

    Equities Analyst

    CFA, BBus (Major in Accounting) F.Fin

    Joined Ausbil: 2004

    Responsibilities: Sector and stock analysis

    Brendan has over 15 years’ experience in investment analysis. Prior to joining Ausbil, Brendan was an equities analyst at Citigroup, specialising in Transportation, Infrastructure and Utilities Research, as well as macro Quantitative Analysis. He has also worked internationally, covering high-yield debt/equity markets in Japan and across Asia. Brendan’s initial grounding in financial analysis was formed at UBS, where he was responsible for corporate accounting and valuation. His responsibilities at Ausbil have expanded since joining the firm in 2004 and includes coverage of a broad array of Industrial sectors, as well as Agriculture and Chemicals.

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    Shanelle Hoong

    Shanelle Hoong, CFA

    Equities Analyst

    CFA, BEng (Hons), MComm Extension (Major in Finance)

    Joined Ausbil: 2006

    Responsibilities: Sector and stock analysis

    Shanelle has over 9 years of financial services experience with Ausbil. Prior to this, Shanelle has graduate training experience with Ernst & Young and has over 2 years of work experience in consulting with Accenture specialising in airlines and healthcare industries. Shanelle’s career includes equities research, quantitative analysis, IT consultancy and software development.

    Shanelle is currently responsible for stock and sector analysis in Media, Telecommunication Services, Software & Services, Online Services and Leisure sectors. Shanelle has previously covered transportation and Infrastructure Trusts sectors. Shanelle is also a CFA Charterholder.

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    Zeljka Damjanovic

    Zeljka Damjanovic, CFA

    Equities Analyst

    CFA, BMathFin, GradDipAppFin (Finsia)

    Joined Ausbil: 2011

    Responsibilities: Sector and stock analysis

    Zeljka was formerly an analyst at 452 Capital, where she was responsible for Banking, Telecommunications, Retail and Paper & Packaging sector research. Prior to 452, she worked for Allianz Dresdner Asset Management and Audant Investments, both as a Research Analyst. At Ausbil, Zeljka is responsible for research within the Financials, Diversified Consumer Services and Infrastructure Trust sectors and is also a CFA Charterholder.

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    Luke Smith

    Luke Smith

    Equities Analyst, Resources

    BSc

    Joined Ausbil: October 2014

    Responsibilities: Resources sector and stock analysis

    Luke is responsible for stock and sector analysis in the resources sector. Luke brings to Ausbil over 15 years’ experience in the resources sector, both at a corporate level and as an equity analyst in financial services. Most recently as a highly rated Director, Senior Energy Analyst at the Commonwealth Bank Institutional Equities, he has also worked as a Commercial Mining Analyst with IndiEnergy, an oil and Gas Analyst with ABN Amro and a Corporate Finance Analyst with Woodside Petroleum.

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    Tony Waters

    Tony Waters, CPA

    Portfolio Manager, MicroCap Fund

    CPA, BBus (Major in Accounting), GradDipAppFin (Finsia)

    Joined Ausbil: 2008

    Responsibilities: Portfolio management, Sector and stock analysis, MicroCap.

    Tony was most recently at Investors Mutual, where he held the position of Equity Analyst. Prior to IML, Tony spent 8 years at boutique stock broking firm CCZ Equities as their Senior Industrial Equity Analyst, specialising in mid to smaller cap companies. He was also the portfolio manager of their in-house equity fund. Tony holds a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia, a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) from Avondale College and has completed the CPA Program from the Australian Society of Certified Practicing Accountants.

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    Chris Prunty

    Chris Prunty, CFA

    Co-Portfolio Manager, MicroCap Fund

    CFA, BComm, BArts

    Joined Ausbil: 2010

    Responsibilities: Portfolio Management and stock analysis, MicroCap.

    Prior to joining Ausbil, Chris was most recently at IML where he was responsible for small cap industrial analysis. His previous experience includes analyst roles at Confluence Asset Management and AMP Capital Investors. Chris also worked as a stockbroker at CCZ Equities. Chris is a CFA charterholder and has a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts from the Australian National University.

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    Josh Clark

    Josh Clark, CFA

    Equities Analyst, MicroCap Fund

    CFA, BAppFin

    Joined Ausbil: 2012

    Responsibilities: Sector and stock analysis, MicroCap.

    Josh Clark is an Equities Analyst within Ausbil’s MicroCap Team. Prior joining Ausbil, Josh worked as a Quantitative Analyst at Bell Potter Securities. Josh also has financial markets experience from his former role at Colonial First State working within the Institutional Clients & Alternate Products team.

    Josh currently holds a Bachelor of Applied Finance from Macquarie University and also the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

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    Salman Siddiqi, CFA

    Salman Siddiqi, CFA

    Portfolio Analyst

    CFA, MBus (Finance with Distinction), BCom (Finance)

    Joined Ausbil: 2016

    Responsibilities: Portfolio analysis

    Salman is responsible for analysing Ausbil’s large and mid-cap portfolios to assist with investment strategy, portfolio construction and trading.

    Prior to joining Ausbil, Salman was a Portfolio Manager at Nikko Asset Management in Singapore and Australia where his responsibilities included trading of futures contracts and foreign exchange, and researching fund managers. Salman has also worked in research, risk management and quantitative analysis roles at National Australia Bank and Forsyth Barr in Australia and New Zealand.

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    Måns Carlsson-Sweeny

    Måns Carlsson-Sweeny

    Head of ESG Research

    MBA International (Griffith University), Master of Finance (Gothenburg School of Economics)

    BSci (Major in Business Administration) (Gothenburg School of Economics)

    Joined Ausbil: 2015

    Responsibilities: ESG Research

    Måns was formerly Senior ESG Research Analyst at AMP Capital, following positions at Carnegie Investment Bank, Macquarie Bank and Accenture. Måns is well known for producing and presenting consistent, high-quality ESG research covering the Australian market and he has also published numerous, highly regarded insight papers on ESG issues.

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    Khay-Tuck Chow

    Khay-Tuck Chow

    Associate Director, Quantitative

    BEcon (Major in Actuarial Studies and Statistics)

    Joined Ausbil: 2000

    Responsibilities: Quantitative stock analysis (through ranking model), Attribution and Performance Systems, Databases and Investment & Fund Operational Technical Support

    Khay-Tuck Chow has a strong background in quantitative analysis. Prior to joining Ausbil, Khay-Tuck was the quantitative analyst at van Eyk Research where he was responsible for all investment manager quantitative research and asset allocation research for master trust and corporate clients. Previous experience also encompassed development of performance and quantitative software databases and systems, marketing and client servicing.

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    George Montealegre

    George Montealegre

    Assistant Quantitative Analyst

    BBus (University of La Sabana, Colombia)

    Joined Ausbil: 2010

    Responsibilities: Quantitative stock analysis (through ranking model), Attribution, performance and reporting systems

    George joined Ausbil as a graduate in 2010 within the Institutional Client Services Team, where he was in charge of database management, data processing and systems development, among other finance, sales and administrative responsibilities. In 2015 George was promoted to Assistant Quantitative Analyst and is responsible for quantitative stock analysis for Ausbil (through the ranking model). Prior to joining Ausbil, George held positions at General Motors and Westfield.

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    Matthew Okkerse

    Matthew Okkerse

    Senior Equities Dealer

    SDIA PS146, SEATS License, CLICK License

    Joined Ausbil: 2006

    Responsibilities: Equities Dealing

    Matthew began his career in finance in 1999 and has held positions at various companies including Shaw Stockbroking, Retireinvest Financial Planners, Hudson Securities and Tolhurst Noall Stockbroking. At Ausbil, Matthew is responsible for managing all dealing and after-trade allocations for Ausbil’s managed funds. Over the course of Matthews’s employment at Ausbil, Matthew has implemented new trading technologies to best satisfy portfolio implementation and reports daily to Ausbil’s portfolio managers throughout the course of trading hours.

    Matthew is responsible for the daily execution of equitizing Ausbil’s portfolios and maintaining index exposures for unfilled positions through verbal communication with Brokers and Broker Futures Desks to name a few. Matthew is committed to maintaining frequent and regular knowledge of developing and existing trading techniques by attending Broker Trading Forums and ASX approved education sessions.

    Matthew has previously held a SDIA PS146, SEATS & CLICKS License during his time in Stockbroking.

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    Lee De Maria

    Lee De Maria

    Equities Dealer

    SDIA PS146

    Joined Ausbil: 2006

    Responsibilities: Equities Dealing

    Lee began his career in stockbroking in 2000 and has held positions at various companies including Hartley’s in Sydney. Prior to joining Ausbil Lee has assisted Brokers dealing with high net worth clients and local institutions. At Ausbil, Lee started his career in middle office duties in 2006 before being promoted into the Equities Dealing role in 2007.

    Lee is responsible for managing all dealing and after-trade allocations for Ausbil’s managed funds and is responsible for the daily execution of equitizing Ausbil’s portfolios. Lee maintains index exposures for unfilled positions through verbal communication with Brokers and Broker Futures Desks. Lee holds a SDIA PS146, and will be celebrating his 10 year anniversary at Ausbil in July 2016.

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