Our People

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The Investment Team:

Mark Newman, Joint Chief Investment Officer

Mark is a co-founder and Executive Director of K2 Asset Management, and is the CIO for the three K2 investment strategies. In conjunction with his responsibilities as CIO, Mark dedicates a portion of his time managing an allocation of the Asian equity strategy.

Mark has many years of Asia-Pacific funds management experience and was previously a senior fund manager with the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, where he was responsible for Asia ex Japan equity investments. Prior to this Mark was a Director with HSBC Asset Management Hong Kong, where he also specialised in managing Asian portfolios, and an Investment Manager at Wardley Investment Services (Australia) Ltd.

Finance Industry Experience   31 yrs
Funds Management Experience   31 yrs
Campbell Neal, Managing Director

Campbell is a co-founder and Executive Director of K2 Asset Management. In conjunction with this role, Campbell spends a portion of his time as a Senior Portfolio manager in the Australian and Asian investment team.

Campbell was a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria before moving into financial services in 1986, when he became an Institutional Equities Dealer for Citicorp Scrimgeour Vickers. Prior to founding K2, Campbell was an Executive Vice President of Bankers Trust Australia Ltd, where he was Head of Australian Equities Distribution (Melbourne and Asia).

Finance Industry Experience   31 yrs 
Funds Management Experience   17 yrs
David Poppenbeek, Joint Chief Investment Officer

As Head of Australian equities for K2, David dedicates his time to stock selection in Australia and New Zealand.

David previously held senior roles as Division Director Institutional Equities Sales for Macquarie Bank, Vice President Institutional Equities Sales for Bankers Trust Australia Ltd and a Quantitative Analyst at Daiwa Securities Ltd. David holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Mathematics) from RMIT.

Finance Industry Experience   25 yrs
Funds Management Experience   12 yrs
James Soutter, Portfolio Manager

James holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics and Finance) from Deakin University and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance from FINSIA (formerly the Securities Institute of Australia). He has also completed the UK Investment Management Certificate with UKSIP and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. James commenced his career in 1994 at JBWere and Son before shifting into Asset Management in 1998 at AXA. In 2000 James relocated to London working for Fidelity International before joining JP Morgan Asset Management.

During his six year career at JP Morgan, as a member of the European Equity Group, he managed a number of retail and institutional equity mandates. In 2007, James returned to Australia and joined Perennial Investment Partners, a $20bn FUM Australian asset manager, with investment management responsibilites including the Perennial Global and Asian Equity Trusts and Multi Asset Class vehicles. As Head of Global Equities for Perennial, James was also a member of the Executive Leadership Group and member of the Asset Allocation Committee. In 2014 James was a finalist for Fund Manager of the year for Global Equities at the Australian Fund Managers Awards.

Finance Industry Experience 22 years
Funds Management Experience 18 year

 

Josh Kitchen, Portfolio Manager

Josh was one of the original staff members of K2 when the firm began operations in 1999.

Since joining the firm Josh has had responsibility for managing the dealing operations of the firm and now didicates his time managing a portion of the Australian portfolio. During Josh's 17 years experience he has had an extensive background in institutional dealing in the Australian stockmarket. Prior to joining K2 he was an institutional dealer at BT Alex Brown. Josh holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Deakin University and also holds a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia.

Finance Industry Experience   19 yrs
Funds Management Experience   17 yrs
Nicholas Leitl, Portfolio Manager

Nick joined K2 in 2005 and has over 17 years of investment and funds management experience.

Nick dedicates his time as a Senior Portfolio Manager for K2 on stock selection within both the Australian ARF and Asian ARF. Prior to joining K2, Nick held roles within Macquarie Bank, BT Alex Brown and JM Financial Group. Nick holds a Bachelor of Economics and Finance from RMIT.

Finance Industry Experience   19 yrs
Funds Management Experience   11 yrs
Tony Sutton, Portfolio Manager

Tony graduated from Melbourne University, Victoria, with a B.Com (Hons) in 1999. He commenced his career at Goldman Sachs/ JB Were in 2000 within the sell-side equities research team as a quantitative analyst. In 2006, Tony joined Global Weath Allocation Ltd (GWA), A UK based funds management company, initially as head of research and then managing director, Asia Pacific. He was jointly responsible for AUM growth from start-up to US$6bn. In 2010, his responsibilities at GWA were expanded to include lead portfolio manager for the global equity high conviction fund within affiliate company API Capital. Tony's experience in the financial services industry has provided a diverse exposure to asset management, equities research and business development across international markets.

Finance Industry Experience 16 years
Funds Management Experience 10 years
Tim Callan, Dealer / Portfolio Manager

Tim joined the K2 team in 2011 after spending time in Institutional Sales and Equity Research at Goldman Sachs. Tim splits his time managing a portion of the Australian equity strategy with that as its main dealer operator.

Tim’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Commerce from Deakin University and a Masters in Applied Finance and Investment from Kaplan Professional.

Finance Industry Experience   7 yrs
Funds Management Experience   5 yrs

Marketing and Distribution:

Damian Craven, Head of Retail Distribution

Damian joined K2 Asset Management in January 2017 as Head of Retail Distribution. Prior to joining K2, Damian spent 7 years as Key Account Manager for Magellan Asset Management focusing on advisor relationships. Damian also managed with great success the growth in the Macquarie Cash Management Trust and Macquarie Wrap Platform for a period of 10 years.

Finance Industry Experience   20 yrs
 
Hollie Wight, Chief Financial Officer

Hollie is Chief Financial Officer and an Executive Director of K2, responsible for all financial accounting and report preparation.

Hollie was previously an accountant/auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Hollie is a CPA and has a Bachelor of Business (Accountancy) from RMIT.

Matthew Higgins, Legal Counsel

Matthew joined K2 in September 2014 as legal counsel. Matthew is responsible for providing legal advice to the company on relevant corporate and financial services requirements.

Before joining K2 Matthew worked as a corporate lawyer at GM Holden Ltd and also in private practice at Ashurst and Maddocks. Matthew has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Engineering from The University of Melbourne. 

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