Regis Mutual Management has announced the appointment of a new chief executive officer for its Australian operations, alongside two new members of its board of directors.
Former chief operating officer of the global player, Gerald Ewing, has taken on the CEO role and will head up the Sydney officer as the company continues its growth both in the United Kingdom and in Australia.
The business has also appointed two new board members with Lach McKeough, the former CEO of Austbrokers
, as an independent director and Jodie Nicholls, company secretary of Regis as a director.
Regis, which operates Uni Mutual and John Holland in Australia, and Ewing explained that the increasing footprint of the company sees the appointment of an Australian CEO as a logical next step.
“As Regis grows and starts to take on more mutuals, it makes sense for us to have a Chief Executive Officer in Australia running the business a little more autonomously than we have done in the past supported by a strong local Board,” Ewing said.
“That doesn’t mean that we will no longer have a close relationship with the UK, we will, but I think it does reflect that the businesses are maturing and that we are all getting busier so the two offices have to be able to take more decisions on their own.”
Ewing said that the appointments give the business a chance to reorganise the business with an aim to becoming more flexible.
“One of the opportunities that these appointments bring will be for Regis to think about how we organise the company,” Ewing continued.
“As a start-up company we had a very flat organisational structure but we are now moving to the next stage where we will need a more flexible structure that can carry us forward; one that supports our changing needs, both for managing growth as well as the existing business.
“Flexibility, in the way we approach the mutual model and the ability to adapt it to different groups is going to be key.”