First Sentier Investors, a global investment manager, has announced the appointment of Amanda Gazal as its new Chief Operating Officer (COO). Gazal, who will be based in the Sydney office, will be responsible for overseeing the company’s day-to-day operations.
She is expected to join First Sentier Investors in February 2024 and will take over from Gary Cotton, who in addition to his responsibilities as regional managing director of EMEA, has been interim COO.
Gazal (main picture) has two decades of experience in asset management and investment banking. She joins from Perpetual where she had been COO since 2020.
Prior to Perpetual, Gazal was at the asset manager DWS Group in Singapore, where she was COO for Asia Pacific distribution and Singapore COO. She moved to DWS from Deutsche Bank where she held several roles across trading and distribution. Earlier in her career, Gazal was the COO of the European emerging market debt trading desk at Credit Suisse in London.
“[Gazal’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,” said Mark Steinberg, CEO of First Sentier Investors, in a statement.
In her new position, Gazal will oversee various departments, including global operations, IT, data management, the project management office and supplier management.