In one of the most significant female appointments of the year, Shemara Wikramanayake has just been named the next chief executive of Macquarie Group.
She will replace Nicholas Moore, who is retiring later this year.
The announcement was made this morning prior to Macquarie’s annual general meeting today.
Moore said that he has worked with Wikramanayake for more than 30 years, and is reassured in deciding to retire that, “I leave Macquarie in a strong position and in safe hands.”
Wikramanayake joined Macquarie in 1987, working with Moore in Corporate Services before establishing Macquarie Capital. She was appointed Head of Macquarie Asset Management in 2008. She’s worked in six countries for Macquarie, including nine cities and across a number of business lines.
Wikramanayake established Macquarie’s corporate advisory offices in New Zealand, Hong Kong and Malaysia, and the infrastructure funds management business in the US and Canada. She also serves as Chair of the Macquarie Group Foundation.
Earlier this year, we named Wikramanayake as one of our 30 women in business to watch in 2018.
Moore will officially retire on the 30th November.
Nicholas Moore today announced his retirement effective November 2018. He will be succeeded as Macquarie Group Managing Director and CEO by Shemara Wikramanayake. https://t.co/dbEIA4H4w2 pic.twitter.com/0kDfgiEtry
— Macquarie Group (@Macquarie) July 25, 2018