17 February 2020

La Trobe Financial appoints Dr Bob Edgar AM to its Board
The $10 billion diversified Australian wealth manager La Trobe Financial has announced Dr Bob Edgar is to join its board.

 With an extensive career in Australian banking and finance covering 30 years, Dr Edgar retired as the deputy Chief Executive of ANZ in May 2009. During his time at ANZ, Dr Edgar was Chief Economist, Managing Director Strategic Planning (including acquisitions and divestments), Chief Executive of Grindlays for South Asia, Managing Director of Esanda (finance company subsidiary), Managing Director Corporate Banking and Managing Director Institutional Banking. He was also a member of the Bank’s senior management board. Dr Edgar is highly regarded for his deep management expertise and experience. 

Dr Edgar is also no stranger to Asian markets. A long-term advocate of ANZ’s expansion into Asia, he presided over the bank’s relationship with PT Panin Bankin Indonesia, among other key roles in Asia. Dr Edgar joins the board with more than a decade of experience on public company boards, including Transurban and Djerriwarrh Securities. 

La Trobe Financial’s President & CEO, Greg O’Neill OAM, congratulated Dr Edgar on his appointment to the board, noting that his outstanding career at ANZ as Deputy CEO, combined with his leadership track record over many years, have established him as one of Australia’s pre-eminent bankers. 

“We are pleased to welcome Dr Edgar to our board. His extensive experience will prove invaluable as the company seeks to capture the growth opportunities that will be presented to us over the coming years. Our management team, business partners, staff and customers will benefit greatly from the skills and experience Dr Edgar brings to the board,” said Mr O’Neill. 

Dr Edgar commented, “La Trobe Financial is a great Australian success story. I am delighted to join the company’s board of directors and look forward to playing a part in its future success.”

Dr Edgar earned his PhD in economics from the Ohio State University. He also holds a Bachelor of Economics (Hons.) from the University of Adelaide. Current board members of La Trobe Financial are Chairman John Marriott (former Senior Executive and veteran corporate banker National Australia Bank and Westpac Banking Corporation – Melbourne), Gerard Parlevliet (former Commonwealth Bank Group Super boss – Sydney), Kishore Moorjani (Senior Managing Director Blackstone and leader of Blackstone’s Tactical Opportunities Division in Asia – Singapore); Christopher Tynan (Senior Managing Director – Blackstone Real Estate Debit Strategies (BREDS), Sydney), Gautam Banerjee (Senior Managing Director Blackstone, and previous ASIAN Chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers – Singapore), and Greg O’Neill (President and CEO – Melbourne) with 35 years’ experience at La Trobe Financial.

About La Trobe Financial

With A$12 billion of assets under management, La Trobe Financial is one of Australia’s leading diversified wealth managers, specialising in funding and investment solutions. Since 1952, La Trobe Financial has been a proven and trusted investment partner for institutional and retail investors, operating Australia’s largest retail Credit Fund with $5 billion in assets under management and 50,000 retail investors. It is 80% owned by Blackstone, the world’s largest alternative asset manager, with more than US$649 billion of assets under management worldwide.

La Trobe Financial is regulated by the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) and holds the requisite regulatory AFSL and ACL licences to operate and place RMBS issuances.

For further details please visit our website www.latrobefinancial.com.