Findex has announced the appointment of Jane Betts in its newly created role of chief people officer.
Ms Betts has over two decades of experience in senior HR leadership positions and was the former head of people at National Australia Bank, the former group executive HR at Australian Unity and, most recently, the general manager of people strategy and partnering at AGL Energy.
Findex chief executive Spiro Paule said the creation of the new role and the appointment of Ms Betts were vital as the mid-tier firm commits to its merger and acquisition strategy in 2020, having already completed 11 deals over 2018 and 2019.
“Elevating the chief people officer role to an executive level is a demonstration of our commitment to nurturing, developing and growing our people,” Mr Paule said.
“We believe that our ability to retain and attract industry-leading talent is what enables us to deliver best-in-class solutions to our clients and the broader marketplace.
“We’ve experienced growth in a number of key areas for us in 2019 and look forward to what 2020 and beyond holds for our people.”
Ms Betts said she was looking forward to the challenge of managing the growth of the accounting firm, noting how she oversaw a 200 per cent growth in headcount during her three years at Australian Unity.
“I am delighted to be joining Findex as chief people officer and am excited by the focus a newly created role brings to the group,” Ms Betts said.
“Findex is at an exciting point in its talent evolution and I’m looking forward to building on Findex’s existing strengths, as well as looking at our talent development strategies as the team grows in 2020.”
Findex most recently announced the “largest promotion of talent both internally and externally” in the company’s history with the appointment of 57 new partners in 2019.
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