NZX Shakes up Personnel, Promotes Aaron Jenkins to Head of Funds Management

NZX has elevated its former head of markets to the new role of head of funds management, along with Mark

NZX Ltd has appointed Aaron Jenkins as its newest Head of NZX’s Funds Management business, which constitutes both SuperLife and Smartshares operations, according to an NZX statement.

Mr. Jenkins has already been the acting head of markets since joining NZX in early 2014. His subsequent promotion to the role of head of funds management is the culmination of a lengthy confluence between candidate and need at NZX.

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Prior to joining NZX in 2014, Mr. Jenkins worked as the General Manager Trading Among Farmers at NZ’s Fonterra. Additionally, he held a number of senior level roles before this at E*TRADE as its CIO and Head of Wholesale Broking.

Mr. Jenkins’ tenure at NZX has fueled the design and regulatory approval of the NXT market, as well as the launching of the exchange’s equity derivatives and options, butter futures, and the five new Smartshares Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs). His appointment will be effective on June 2, 2015.

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According to NZX CEO, Tim Bennett, in a recent statement on the appointment, “Aaron’s diverse background across financial services and technology makes him the ideal candidate for this role. In addition, his existing knowledge of the NZX and SuperLife businesses means he will be able to make a quick start in the role.”

“Aaron’s immediate focus will be on supporting the continued growth of SuperLife’s KiwiSaver and employer superannuation activities, together with SuperLife founders Michael Chamberlain and Owen Nash, as well as creating a comprehensive set of Smartshares ETFs and driving the uptake of these products,” he added.

Moreover, the NZX has also named Mark Peterson to the Head of Markets role recently vacated by Mr. Jenkins. More specifically, Mr. Peterson will lead NZX’s markets team, which is tasked with debt and equity capital markets.

“We are delighted to attract someone of Mark’s calibre to NZX and look forward to him continuing the work of developing New Zealand’s capital markets as a key member of the NZX leadership team,” noted Mr. Bennett in an accompanying statement on the appointment.

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