QIC today announced the appointment of Leonie Wilkinson as the new Executive Director, Global Clients and Marketing, in a move that sees her join the Executive Committee and report to QIC’s CEO Damien Frawley.
Ms Wilkinson is currently Director, Investment Specialist, Global Real Estate at QIC and will take up her new role on 1 July 2018.
Commenting on Ms Wilkinson’s new role, Mr Frawley said: “Our contact with our clients is arguably the most important touchpoint of the business, and – having benefited from Leonie’s expertise at QIC already – I am certain that the experience she brings to bear will ensure we continue to bring excellence to our clients. With her 20 years of expertise in real estate, investment management and customer-facing roles, she is well suited to the demands of the role, including our growing activity in real estate and in the US.”
“We had several very strong internal candidates apply for this role – testament to the strength we have at our senior leadership level – and we are pleased to have such a good fit in an in-house leader to take GCM forwards.”
Ms Wilkinson added: “I’ve really enjoyed servicing our global real estate clients over the past year, as well as developing opportunities to connect different parts of the QIC business and gain visibility on real synergies across our asset classes. I’m excited to now be able to extend these insights to the full breadth of our clients and across our group in this new position.”
Ms Wilkinson brings two decades of market expertise and product knowledge in investment management and property funds to the role. Prior to joining QIC in 2017, Ms Wilkinson was Head of Client Capital Group, Australia and New Zealand for LaSalle Investment Management, and previously held senior roles at Macquarie Capital, Stockland Property Group, Barclays Capital in London, and APRA.
QIC has also appointed Michelle Thomsen to the newly-created position of General Counsel, in a move that also sees Ms Thomsen join QIC’s Executive Committee, and report to CEO Damien Frawley. Taking up the position in early August, Ms Thomsen will be based in QIC’s Brisbane head office.
Mr Frawley said about Ms Thomsen’s appointment: “I’m pleased to welcome Michelle to QIC at a time of significant opportunity for our organisation. Our business is becoming increasingly complex as international expansion – particularly into the United States – becomes more substantial. We look forward to Michelle’s contribution and fresh perspectives as part of the Executive Committee, and I know her deep financial services expertise, coupled with her international experience, will ensure the continued delivery of quality legal services and advice right across QIC.”
Ms Thomsen said: “I’m delighted to be joining QIC – a great Queensland and Australian success story – at a time when the organisation is on such a growth trajectory both in Australia and offshore. I’ve long admired QIC’s unique investment capabilities and its strong client support, and look forward to working with the legal division and Executive Committee to continue achieving strong outcomes for clients and shareholders alike.”
Ms Thomsen joins QIC from Bank of Queensland, where she held the role of Group Executive, General Counsel, and led the legal and secretariat teams. Prior to this, Michelle worked in other in-house and private practice legal roles, including with Suncorp in Australia and Babcock & Brown in Australia and the United Kingdom. She was also a partner at SJ Berwin LLP in London, before returning to Australia in 2012.
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