The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) announced today that it has expanded its executive team with the appointment of Paul Gregory, who will take on the newly created role of Director of Investment Management in early November.
The appointment of Gregory sees him return to the New Zealand regulator, which is responsible for financial regulation in the country. In fact, he worked for the FMA for slightly more than two years, holding the role of Director of External Communications and Investor Capability from November 2015 until December 2017.
Paul Gregory Rejoins the FMA
Gregory will be rejoining the FMA from PIE Funds, a specialist boutique investment firm, which invests in growth companies. He initially joined the company in December 2017, after leaving the FMA.
To begin with, Gregory was the Group Head of Investments for the investment firm where he managed investments teams. After more than two and a half years in this role, he was promoted to the Chief Operating Officer (COO), which is his current role.
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As the Director of Investment Management for the New Zealand watchdog, Gregory will lead the agency’s strategic focus on the regulation of the retail investment management sector. This includes KiwiSaver.
Commenting on the appointment, Rob Everett, FMA Chief Executive, said in the statement: “This new position reflects this sector’s importance to the FMA. Paul has been living and breathing retail funds management in his prior role and I am delighted to take advantage of his passion for getting the best investor outcomes from fund managers and KiwiSaver providers.”
Gregory’s career has seen him hold a number of roles, ranging from Journalist, Editor, Media Relations, Communications, Head of Investors and most recently COO. He has worked for a number of large financial firms.
Specifically, Gregory was the Senior Manager of Public Affairs for Macquarie Bank. Furthermore, he was a Media Relations Manager for Westpac and was the manager of the Portfolio Intelligence function at the New Zealand Super Fund.