New CFO takes the reins at Austbrokers

Head Shot (Jodie Blackledge)

Jodie Blackledge has formally assumed responsibility for the CFO position at ASX-listed Austbrokers Holdings Limited (ASX:AUB) on 1 July, as Steve Rouvray retires from the role after 10 years in post.

Ms Blackledge joined Austbrokers on 1 April to undertake a thorough handover with Mr Rouvray. In addition to Finance, Jodie’s role as CFO will assume responsibility for Austbrokers’ Risk & Compliance and Group Legal functions to drive improvements and further enhance the value and service that Austbrokers offers to partners and clients.

Following her previous position as CFO at The Trust Company, Jodie brings more than 20 years’ experience across mergers and acquisitions, business strategy and corporate finance to the company. She is a Chartered Accountant, a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA), and a graduate of the AICD Company Directors Course.

Jodie said: “I would like to thank Steve Rouvray, on behalf of the business, for his significant contribution to the business since listing and personally for enabling a seamless handover.  I am now looking forward to taking the reins as CFO and working with our CEO, Mark Searles, and the executive team to deliver Austbrokers Holdings’ strategy to support growth in its partner businesses and deliver value for shareholders.

“I have been inspired by hearing our partners’ passion for the business and the innovative ideas they have about growing it. I am excited to be part of that development with the broader team.

“In the short term, my focus will be on the annual results and reviewing the way we operate internally to build an efficient, effective and value adding function.”