First Sentier appoints Amanda Gazal as COO of investment manager

Rick Steves

“I am delighted to welcome Amanda to the First Sentier Investors team. Amanda’s proven track record of driving operational excellence and her strong leadership skills make her the ideal candidate to lead our operations as we continue to grow our business.”

First Sentier Investors, a reputable global investment manager, is delighted to unveil the appointment of Amanda Gazal as its new Chief Operating Officer (COO). Stationed in the Sydney office, Gazal will helm the company’s daily operations and channel operational excellence to bolster the organization’s growth blueprint. Her role is pivotal as the firm navigates the intricacies of the investment management realm to realize its expansion goals.

A veteran with over two decades of acumen in asset management and investment banking, Gazal is a significant addition to the First Sentier Investors’ cadre. Her journey to this appointment traversed through Perpetual Limited where she served as COO since 2020.

Amanda Gazal joins First Sentier after Perpetual, DWS, Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse

Before her stint at Perpetual, Gazal was associated with DWS Group, a Deutsche Bank majority-owned asset manager, in Singapore. Her tenure at DWS Group saw her serving as the COO for Asia Pacific Distribution and Singapore COO. Gazal’s professional tapestry also includes notable roles in Deutsche Bank across Trading and Distribution, and as the COO of the European Emerging Market Debt Trading desk with Credit Suisse in London.

Mark Steinberg, CEO of First Sentier Investors, voiced his enthusiasm, “I am delighted to welcome Amanda to the First Sentier Investors team. Amanda’s proven track record of driving operational excellence and her strong leadership skills make her the ideal candidate to lead our operations as we continue to grow our business.”

In her capacity as the COO, Gazal is tasked with synergizing with the executive leadership team to craft and actualize operational strategies that resonate with the company’s overarching vision and objectives. Her oversight extends across diverse departments including global operations, IT, data management, the project management office, and supplier management. Under her stewardship, and in concert with her leadership team, Gazal is anticipated to inject efficiency and scale to augment productivity, ultimately striving for optimum outcomes for the firm’s esteemed clients and investors.

Expressing her enthusiasm, Amanda Gazal stated, “I am thrilled to be joining First Sentier Investors as the new Chief Operating Officer. I am very much looking forward to working with the executive leadership team and more broadly with the talented team at First Sentier Investors and to be part of the organization’s continued growth journey.”

Amanda Gazal is slated to commence her tenure at First Sentier Investors in February 2024, succeeding Gary Cotton, who, besides his role as Regional Managing Director of EMEA, has been performing as the interim COO. This transition underscores the firm’s objective of ensuring a robust operational framework that is integral in navigating the competitive investment management landscape and fostering a conducive environment for sustainable growth.

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