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New CEO for specialist lender

by Tamikah Bretzke7 minute read

A former chief operating officer has been announced as the new chief executive officer for specialist lender Liberty Financial.

James Boyle, who was formerly the COO at Liberty, has been appointed to the role as part of Liberty’s move to “enhance its organisational structure”.

As CEO, Mr Boyle will continue to hold responsibility for operations, distribution and strategy across the company’s various operational businesses.

The current board is chaired by Richard Longes, and includes Peter Hawkins and Leona Murphy, both of whom are independent, and Sherman Ma, who is executive director.

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“James has provided distinguished strategic and operational leadership at Liberty for the past 13 years,” said Mr Longes of the new appointment.

“In many ways, James’ appointment acknowledges the role he has been performing and now is the right time to formally recognise that.”

Mr Boyle carries an MBA from INSEAD Graduate Business School in France, a Master of Applied Finance from Macquarie University and a Bachelor of Business from Australian Catholic University and had over a decade of experience working in Institutional Finance in Sydney, Boston and London before joining Liberty Financial in 2003. 

This news of the CEO appointments comes after Liberty recently announced its appointment of Leona Murphy to the board. Most recently Ms Murphy performed as the chief strategy officer for IAG Ltd as well as an independent director of Stone & Chalk.

[Related: Liberty cashes in on APRA crackdown]

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