“ADVERSITY-PROSPERITY” – By Des Kelly

  Very often, miles apart, to reach even a semblance of prosperity from dire adversity, is something very few of us can accomplish, but, here we have a shining example of this Sri Lankan lass, through sheer determination, making it, from the very nadir, to the pinnacle of success, to finally become the highest paid “Woman-Company Executive Officer”(C.E.O.)in Australia. Just think about it. From one of the tiniest Islands in the sun, to one of the largest Island Continents in the World. A Sri Lankan C.E.O. who is not just a Woman, but also the highest paid one, for the very first time. I’ll say no more, except to congratulate the lady, on behalf of the thousands of Sri Lankan Patriots around the World. You may have heard about it already, but eLanka now gives you the full story of this truly amazing feat.

Desmond Kelly

Desmond Kelly.
(Editor-in-Chief)– eLanka.

1.                 How a young girl forced to flee Sri Lanka with her family and just $200 to their name overcame adversity to become Australia’s highest paid CEO – By BRITTANY CHAIN FOR DAILY MAIL AUSTRALIA 

 Source:Daily Mail –

  • The highest paid CEO in Australia and her family immigrated from Sri Lanka 
  • Shemara Wikramanayake arrived in Australia when she was 14 years old
  • The family had just $200 to their names, but went on to all become successful
  • Her older sister is a top lawyer and her younger brother is a surgeon 

The highest paid CEO in Australia and her family immigrated from Sri Lanka with just $200 to their names when she was 14 years old.

Macquarie Group chief executive Shemara Wikramanayake became the first female to take the spot as Australia’s highest paid CEO on Tuesday, taking home $18million during the 2018/19 financial year.

The 57-year-old and her two siblings have all found success since they arrived in the country as teenagers.

Shemara’s older sister Roshana is a top lawyer at the NSW Bar Association while her younger brother is employed as a surgeon in rural NSW.

Macquarie Bank Managing CEO Shemara Wikramanayake during a media briefing

Her father Ranji previously told the Australian Financial Review the family had enjoyed a life of privilege growing up in Sri Lanka, but that they fell on tough times before finally settling in Australia in 1975.  

The Wikramanayake’s came from a long line of highly educated barristers and powerful figures. 

Ranji graduated from medical school in 1958 and moved to London with his wife, Amara, for further training in the same year.

The young couple settled down and started a family in England. They had two daughters, Roshana in 1960 and Shemara the following year.

Shemara Wikramanayake

Shemara Wikramanayake, in 1983 with her extended family. From left, brother and future surgeon Priyan, aunt Anna Maria, uncle and barrister Nimal, Shemara aged 21, sister and future lawyer Roshana and mother Amara

In 1962, when Shemara was just one, the family returned to their home in Ceylon, Sri Lanka, with most of their extended family.

Ranji had been hired as a consultant physician at Colombo General Hospital at just 32 years old. Despite his youth, he was considered one of the top five physicians in the country.

During this period, he developed an interest in researching diabetes – a passion which would one day flourish in Australia.

The couple gave birth to their third child, a boy named Priyan, and shortly after they relocated back to England.

Political unrest and unfounded allegations against Ranji’s father – a successful barrister – forced the family to flee Sri Lanka and return to London. 

But the move was costly.

Shemara’s uncle previously told the AFR the entire family once ‘had a very privileged life… we didn’t want for anything,’ but when they arrived in England, they came with very little.

Ranji struggled to find permanent work in the medical industry during his second stint in London.

He filled in for other doctors and commuted to Birmingham for weeks at a time, where he slept in hospital quarters Monday-Friday just to get by.

So in 1975, Ranji made a call on the future of his family. They would move to Sydney, where he was offered a part time job at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

When they arrived, they had their possessions and $200 cash. 

‘We lost everything in 1970 and we started life again,’ Ranji previously told AFR. ‘And we started everything again when we moved to Sydney.’  

Macquarie Group’s incoming CEO Shemara Wikramanayake poses for a portrait ahead of the Macquarie Group’s Annual General Meeting

The family rented for six months before scrounging together the money to buy their first home in the harbourside suburb of Rose Bay. 

From there, they were able to purchase another home in the exclusive Vaucluse overlooking Sydney Harbour. 

Shemara and her sister were enrolled in the exclusive $34,000-a-year Ascham School. 

Shemara’s older sister Roshana went on to become a senior policy lawyer at the NSW Bar Association, while her younger brother works at the Southern Highlands Private Hospital in Bowral as a surgeon.

On Tuesday, Shemara was officially named the highest paid CEO in Australia – making history as the first female executive to take the title.

Her $18million salary was $5million more than the next corporate boss, according to OpenDirector’s annual CEO pay report for the Australian Financial Review. 

Macquarie Group CEO Shemara Wikramanayake ahead of the Macquarie Group annual general meeting

The former corporate lawyer earned a base salary of $722,000 but her remuneration package swelled with performance bonuses and share options.

She earns more than $346,000 a week or more than 211 times an average Australian full-time worker’s $85,000 salary leading the investment bank and financial services group, dubbed the ‘millionaires’ factory’.

The English-born banking veteran last year became Macquarie Group’s first-ever female managing director and CEO. 

She had previously worked for the company in nine cities across the globe, and was first hired in 1987. 

In 2019, she was also named one of the American Fortune magazine’s ‘Most Powerful Women’ for her work tackling climate change and her other role with the World Bank’s Global Commission on Adaptation.

Ranji said his daughter doesn’t discuss her personal life in the public sphere, as is company policy.

But he did say they are part of ‘an amazing family. We are very private people… Under impossible odds, we have all succeeded.’ 

2.  The highest-paid CEO in Australia is a woman for the first time ever, as Macquarie Group CEO Shemara Wikramanayake surges to the top – By SHARON MASIGE

Source:Business Insider –

Shemara Wikramanayake is Australia’s highest paid CEO. Image credit: Louie Douvis, SMH

  • Macquarie Group CEO Shemara Wikramanayake is the highest paid CEO in Australia, the first woman ever to top the AFR’s CEO pay survey.
  • Wikramanayake earns more than $18 million dollars, followed by Goodman CEO Gregory Goodman – $12.8 million – and CSL CEO Paul Perreault – $11.7 million.
  • Wikramanayake was also named one of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women.

It’s no surprise Macquarie’s CEO is making bank, but this time it’s different.

Macquarie Group’s CEO Shemara Wikramanayake is the highest-paid chief executive in Australia – becoming the first woman to take the title position – according to The Australian Financial Review’s latest CEO pay survey.

Wikramanayake topped the latest list with a reported pay of more than $18 million, according to the survey, conducted by data company OpenDirector. It ranks the 50 highest-paid CEOs in the country, using figures based on the total pay listed in annual reports.

Wikramanayake was one of four women on the list including Coca-Cola Amatil CEO Alison Watkins ($4.1 million), Mirvac Group CEO Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz ($4.8 million), and Fortescue Metals CEO Elizabeth Gaines ($5 million).

Wikramanayake was announced as managing director and CEO of Macquarie Group back in July 2018, taking over from Nicholas Moore. She made history at the time by becoming Macquarie’s first female CEO.

Starting at the investment bank – known informally as the ‘millionaires’ factory’ – in 1987, Wikramanayake ascended in rank to head up Macquarie’s asset management division in 2008 and eventually CEO. During her time, Wikramanayake has worked in nine cities across six continents and established Macquarie’s corporate advisory offices in New Zealand, Hong Kong and Malaysia.

In 2019, Wikramanayake was named one of Fortune’s ‘Most Powerful Women’ internationally. According to Fortune, Wikramanayake focused on climate change this year, becoming one of a handful of CEOs to be named as a commissioner of the World Bank’s Global Commission on Adaptation. The initiative, which counts Bill Gates and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon among its list of commissioners aims to ramp up action to fight climate change.

Who else made it on the list

Only five CEOs earned over $10 million dollars in the AFR’s CEO pay list. Following Wikramanayake’s more than $18 million pay was Gregory Goodman, CEO of property company Goodman ($12.8 million), biotech company CSL’s CEO Paul Perreault ($11.7 million), Treasury Wine Estate CEO Michael Clarke ($11.4 million) and BHP CEO Andrew Mackenzie ($10.5 million).

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce ranked 18th on the list at $6.6 million, a 14.7% decrease from the year before.

Earlier this year the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors (ACSI) revealed the 10 highest-paid CEOs in the ASX200 listed companies in the 2018 financial year. The ACSI list, however, looked at the ‘realised pay’ – the value of cash and equity received – with Qantas boss Alan Joyce topping the list at the time at $23.9 million.

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First-time female highest-paid CEO in Australia is with Lankan roots

Macquarie Group CEO Shemara Wikramanayake is the highest paid CEO in Australia, the first woman ever to top the AFR’s CEO pay survey.

According to a report in the Business Insider (www.businessinsider.com.au), Wikramanayake earns more than $ 18 million, followed by Goodman CEO Gregory Goodman – $ 12.8 million, and CSL CEO Paul Perreault – $ 11.7 million. Wikramanayake was also named one of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women. As per Wikipedia, she was born in England, where her Sri Lankan father was a doctor. She attended a State school in London before the family moved to Australia.

Macquarie Group CEO Shemara Wikramanayake

Business Insider said it’s no surprise Macquarie’s CEO is making bank, but this time it’s different.

Macquarie Group CEO Shemara Wikramanayake is the highest-paid chief executive in Australia – becoming the first woman to take the title position – according to The Australian Financial Review’s latest CEO pay survey.

Wikramanayake topped the latest list with a reported pay of more than $ 18 million, according to the survey, conducted by data company OpenDirector. It ranks the 50 highest-paid CEOs in the country, using figures based on the total pay listed in annual reports.

Wikramanayake was one of four women on the list including Coca-Cola Amatil CEO Alison Watkins ($ 4.1 million), Mirvac Group CEO Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz ($ 4.8 million), and Fortescue Metals CEO Elizabeth Gaines ($ 5 million).

Wikramanayake was announced as Managing Director and CEO of Macquarie Group back in July 2018, taking over from Nicholas Moore. She made history at the time by becoming Macquarie’s first female CEO.

Starting at the investment bank – known informally as the ‘millionaires’ factory’ – in 1987, Wikramanayake ascended in rank to head up Macquarie’s asset management division in 2008 and eventually CEO. During her time, Wikramanayake has worked in nine cities across six continents and established Macquarie’s corporate advisory offices in New Zealand, Hong Kong and Malaysia.

In 2019, Wikramanayake was named one of Fortune’s ‘Most Powerful Women’ internationally. According to Fortune, Wikramanayake focused on climate change this year, becoming one of a handful of CEOs to be named as a commissioner of the World Bank’s Global Commission on Adaptation. The initiative, which counts Bill Gates and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon among its list of commissioners, aims to ramp up action to fight climate change.

Only five CEOs earned over $ 10 million in the AFR’s CEO pay list. Following Wikramanayake’s more than $ 18 million pay was property company Goodman CEO Gregory Goodman ($ 12.8 million), biotech company CSL CEO Paul Perreault ($ 11.7 million), Treasury Wine Estate CEO Michael Clarke ($ 11.4 million) and BHP CEO Andrew Mackenzie ($ 10.5 million).

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce ranked 18th on the list at $ 6.6 million, a 14.7% decrease from the year before.

Earlier this year the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors (ACSI) revealed the 10 highest-paid CEOs in the ASX200 listed companies in the 2018 financial year. The ACSI list, however, looked at the ‘realised pay’ – the value of cash and equity received – with Qantas boss Alan Joyce topping the list at the time at $ 23.9 million. (www.businessinsider.com.au/macquarie-group-ceo-shemara-wikramanayake-highest-paid-ceo-australia-new-worth-2019-11)

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Lal Wickrematunge bids Adieu – By Dilip Kumar

Lal with Dulip Shemara and Arun

Australia is an important ally of Sri Lanka and diplomatic relations between the two countries date back to 1947. Sri Lanka by such consideration picked their diplomats to Australia and more so to the business capital of Sydney, after much consideration. When Lal Wickrematunge was posted to Sydney, late 2015 there was but curiosity among the vast group of Sri Lankan origin people who had heard of him as a student of St Thomas’ Prep School and St Benedicts College, Newspaper Publisher and former Cricketer, administrator and not as a Diplomat. Sri Lankan Australians watched him carefully. Lal hit the deck running. Within months many asked if our new Consul General slept at all.He was present at the Buddhist Temple, Catholic Church, Hindu Kovil and the Mosque. He was on the Cricket pitch and Golf Course. No musical entertainment show, drama or a funeral was without his presence. Many a time he would buy a ticket and enter discretely to watch a charity concert and on other occasions be seen making a short but brilliant speech to an erudite audience. Above all he made friends. They were from a wide array of Australian Politicians to Sri Lankan professionals, University students et al.

 

Lal was the quintessential diplomat, humble to a fault, professional at all times but his easy manner made him approachable. Underneath that demeanor was a burning fire to portray Sri Lanka in more than fair light during many a telling time for his country.The real deal Diplomat he was, Lal did not show that he was victorious when he was winning such battles. He had that uncanny ability to make diverse groups come together as a cohesive unit. This was abundantly evident when he brought the diverse ethnic communities of Sri Lankan origin in Sydney and Queensland together under one umbrella after many years of staying clear of each other. Lankan national events were organised by a united group show casing that a single Sri lankan identity is but the most prudent way forward. A member of one community shared  his experience after one such meeting with the Consul General stating that the diverse group left the Consulate feeling that coming together as Sri lankans was their idea and not that of the Consul General. Such was his persuasive skill. The forging of a common Sri Lankan identity by Lal was telecast on Australian TV as an example to all Sri Lankans worldwide. The TV presenter went as far as to say ” one man in Sydney has achieved this remarkable success….” referring to Consul General Lal Wickrematunge. 

 

He with his willing staff at the Consulate were professional and efficient. He led by example and his staff too were an extension of his thought process. The Sri lankan National days held at prestigious locations such as the UTS University Hall, The Great Hall of the Sydney University and the Conservatorium of Music were attended by over 500 invitees. There were cultural dancers, musicians of diverse Sri Lankan ethnic background performing, with some even flown in from Sri Lanka. As expat Sri lankans we felt proud to showcase our  Culture, Music, Dance and Social standing to an Australian and World community. The Australian political and Business leaders as well as Diplomats from around the world were full of praise at the high standards of these events. You made us stand tall.

 

He  took charge of  a young lad who had lost his job, money, passport, his clothes, wandering around in an unstable mental state. Lal reached out to the lads old school mates  and facilitated his departure back to Sri lanka. He stood firm together with his Consul Ms Pramuditha Manusinghe to seek the release of  another lad unfairly incarcerated with a first degree terror charge with  much success. He took Consular services to the sick, disabled and elderly to their doorstep. Seniors meetings in Sydney was never without the presence of Lal.

 

He did not shy away from the Sri lankan refugee community either. Recently Lal was spotted at a Cricket tournament where a team of Sri Lankan refugees named Oceans 12 took part eventually becoming Champions. The team were clamoring to be photographed with the genial Consul General who readily obliged. He asked the lads to come home and play cricket for their country of birth. He was at ease with humanity.

 

Sri Lanka has been hit by man made and natural disasters in the recent past and Australia has always put up their hand to support the small island nation. It was to Lal’s credit that he had built up contacts with a few intellectuals whose advice he sought on many matters. On one such discussion I mentioned to him that Australian farmers in New South wales were reeling under a severe drought and it maybe a good idea to reciprocate Australia’s benevolence. Lo and behold, within a couple of weeks he had mustered the expat Sri lankans to donate 150 crates of dry rations, all piled up in his official residence, to be delivered to the farming community in NSW, through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Sydney. Australian authorities will not forget the kindness shown by the Sri Lankan community nor the role played by the outgoing Consul General.

 

The Arch Bishop of New South Wales as the Chief Celebrant conducted a special memorial mass at the iconic St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney to commemorate and pray for the repose of the souls of the Easter Sunday bomb victims organised by the catholic community together with the Consulate General Office of Sri Lanka which drew a mammoth crowd. The church was packed to the rafters and representation of the Australian Government, both Federal and State were at a high level. During his brief speech at the candlelit vigil in the forecourt of the iconic Cathedral following  Mass, Lal said to an emotional crowd ” We have overcome with strength and fortitude, man made disasters before and we will do so again” . The crowd spontaneously broke into singing Sri Lanka Matha bringing tears to the eyes of all present. He was the master conductor and the people were his orchestra.

 

The stamp of success he leaves behind can be measured by no mean terms when Shemara  Wikramanayake the CEO of MacQuari Group during an exclusive farewell to Lal paid glowing tribute to his brand of diplomacy which she said, was never seen before. High praise indeed. So was the encomiam from Head of DFAT, Sydney. Lal leaves behind an enviable legacy and big shoes to fill. The Australian Sri Lankan community as well as those who had the fortune to meet him, will miss him. Go forth and contribute as best as you always will Consul General Lal Wickrematunge.

Veni Vidi Vici.

 

Dilip Kumar



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A Farewell sit-down dinner was held at the prestigious Australian Golf Club in Sydney on 26.08.2019 – to bid farewell to Mr. Lal Wickrematunge 

High Commissioner designate of Sri Lanka to Australia H.E. Mr. J.C. Weliamuna,PC, Hon. Scott Farlow, representing Hon. John Sidoti – Minister for Sport, Multiculturalism, Seniors and Veterans, Ms Shemara Wikramanayake, Mr. Arun Abey, Mr. Ryan Neelam – Deputy Director/Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr. Harry Solomons and Mr. Dilip Kumar spoke in appreciation of the excellent work done by the departing Consul General, to strengthen people to people ties, education, tourism and trade between Sri Lanka and Australia.  They highlighted the Consul General’s successful efforts in bringing all ethnic communities of Sri Lankan origin under one common Sri Lankan identity.  Many other high-profile dignitaries graced this elegant event.

Consul General of Pakistan in Sydney Mr. Abdul Majid YOUSFANI, Hon. Consul for Sri Lanka in Queensland Mr. Antony Philip Swan and Consul (Commercial) Mr. Abdul Raheem were present amongst many other high profile dignitaries.

The event was coordinated by Mr. Dilip Kumar. 

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Farewell to Consul General of Sri Lanka Mr. Lal Wickrematunge Farewell to Consul General of Sri Lanka Mr. Lal Wickrematunge

Farewell to Consul General of Sri Lanka Mr. Lal Wickrematunge Farewell to Consul General of Sri Lanka Mr. Lal Wickrematunge Farewell to Consul General of Sri Lanka Mr. Lal Wickrematunge

Shemara Wikramanayake

 

 



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eLanka Newsletter: May 2019 2nd edition: Sri Lankans in Australia

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Shemara Wikramanayake: Australia’s $17mln female executive tops pay list – By Angela Priestley

Macquarie’s Shemara Wikramanayake gives all women something to celebrate as she tops the list for executive pay. Women’s Agenda’s Angela Priestley tells us more.By Angela Priestley (financy – women’s money matters)

There’s nothing like playing ‘spot the women’ when it comes to lists ranking the salaries of those in the mega-rich stratosphere.

“NATIONAL ANTHEMS”(AS THEY SHOULD BE SUNG) – By Des Kelly

It was the “Australia Day” The Cricketing Test Match between Australia and Sri Lanka, held at the Adelaide Oval in 1996, a memorable year, in that, it was also the very first time a “Visiting Team” National Anthem was both played and sung at a sporting event, on Australia Day, a practice that has now become a tradition……
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MasterChef Contestant DEE WILLIAMS LAUNCHES YOUTUBE CHANNEL – DEE-LICIOUS Story by Marie Pietersz, Melbourne

MasterChef Judge Matt Preston’s reaction to Dee’s dish of Sri Lankan chicken curry, dhal and coconut sambol, is about to take on a life of its own, when Dee launches her YouTube channel Dee-licious on Wednesday, 8 May. Dee’s short but very happy time on MasterChef has had a very positive experience on her, so I will follow this up in my personal and candid chat with her.

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Sri Lanka Easter bombings: I came face-to-face with the bomber who nearly killed us – By Haneke Manoharan

They brushed past us, moments before the first explosion.

We knew we had come face-to-face with them, but we didn’t realise how close they were until we saw the CCTV footage of the Shangri-La on the news.

A horrific Easter that will never be forgotten – BY TREVINE RODRIGO IN MELBOURNE

Never in anyone’s wildest imagination would they expect a religious visit to Church to proclaim and rejoice in the Resurrection of the risen Lord would end in brutal mass murder, chaos and mayhem as Sri Lanka’s Christians experienced on Easter Sunday, a day never to be forgotten for all the wrong reasons.

Rise Up Sri Lanka – by Rukshan Perera

“Rise Up Sri Lanka”, a song dedicated to those who said good bye to us on Easter Sunday 21st April 2019, those who survived the brutal attacks, and to their families. In their name, let us all (Sri Lankan communities, races and religions) together rise up in love, unity, respect and harmony and rebuild our beautiful country, Sri Lanka. Composed and sung by Rukshan Perera, Backup Vocals Sohan Weerasinghe and Choro Calibre. Music by Rukshan….
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A tribute to Brian Pereira By brother Lorenz Pereira. Both outstanding sportsmen from Sri Lanka

Remembering Bryan
Eustace Bryan Pereira passed away on 3 April 2019 at the age of 78, quite unexpectedly, but peacefully, with dignity and with no fuss in keeping with his gentle character and laconic lifestyle. Bryan operated in a by-gone time capsule setting his own agenda, quite oblivious to the topsy turvy and goings on of the environment around him.He was blessed with simplicity and humility, like his Father, and was unbothered with the triviality of inconsequential occurings of daily life. Indeed a most pragmatic and philosophical path to a contented lifestyle………..

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Shemara Wikramanayake: Australia’s $17mln female executive tops pay list – By Angela Priestley

Macquarie’s Shemara Wikramanayake gives all women something to celebrate as she tops the list for executive pay. Women’s Agenda’s Angela Priestley tells us more.

By Angela Priestley (Financy – Women’s money matters)

There’s nothing like playing ‘spot the women’ when it comes to lists ranking the salaries of those in the mega-rich stratosphere.

One of the most interesting of such lists is also one of the most difficult for women to crack: a detailed look at what Australia’s top chief executives get paid.

It’s difficult to crack given the tiny proportion of women to ever reach such positions in the first place.

But this year one woman leads the pack of highest paid executives according to the Australian Financial Review (AFR) and that’s Shemara Wikramanayake with more than $17 million in total pay as global head of asset management at Macquarie Bank.

Although she’s still a good million or so short of her boss Macquarie CEO Nicholas Moore, who takes pole position on the list of highest paid CEOs with a salary of more than $18 million. Wikramanayake is largely tipped to be Moore’s successor.  

When it comes to the full list of CEO salaries, you’ll have to scan until position 41 and 42 to find some women.

Coca-Cola Amatil CEO Alison Watkins is reported as being on $4.55 million, followed by Mirvac Group’s Susan Lloyed-Hurwitz on $4.53 million. Rounding out the top 50 is Sydney Airport CEO Kerrie Mather on $3.85 million.

According to the AFR, one woman features in its top ten list of ‘CEOS by biggest increase in pay’. That’s Blackmores’ Christine Holgate, with a massive 85 per cent increase in pay over the past year, up to more than $2.8 million in total pay.

Chris Ellison from Mineral Resources takes the top spot on that list, with a 287 per cent increase in total pay over the past year to just over $2.9 million.

Not a bad pay rise. Second on the list is Rowen Craigie from Crown Resorts, up 237 per cent to more than $6.2 million

Despite the mind-boggling numbers of such salaries, the AFR reports that there’s a significant trend seeing CEO salaries “moderate” for the first time in a long time.

Its verdict is that although boards are showing more restraint, chiefs are still being paid too much, and “chief executive” salaries remain our of step with a company’s performance.”




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Macquarie Group Appoints First Female CEO – 
By Emily Cadman

 

Source: Bloomberg

Shemara Wikramanayake will succeed Nicholas Moore as chief executive officer of Macquarie Group Ltd., catapulting the low-profile company veteran into the ranks of Australia’s most powerful businesswomen.

Moore, who has led Macquarie for a decade, will retire Nov. 30, the Sydney-based company said in a statement Thursday. The 56-year-old Wikramanayake, who joined Macquarie in 1987 and currently heads its asset management arm, becomes the group’s first female CEO.

Shemara Wikramanayake, left, and Nicholas Moore – Source: Macquarie Group Ltd.

 

Wikramanayake will inherit a company that’s transformed itself under Moore’s stewardship from an Australian investment bank into the world’s largest infrastructure asset manager, which now earns more than two-thirds of its income overseas. Its asset management, financial services and corporate finance businesses now account for 70 percent of earnings. Macquarie’s share price has more than doubled under Moore’s tenure.

In a brief trading update released Thursday, Macquarie said its first-quarter performance was up compared with a year earlier, though down from a strong fourth quarter, and it continues to expect full-year earnings to be in line with last year.

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The shares fell as much as 4.7 percent in early Sydney trading, before paring losses to be down 2.4 percent at A$121.90 at 12 p.m. in Sydney. The stock has gained 22 percent this year, the best performance on the S&P/ASX Financials Index, and reached a record A$126.70 on June 28.

“We are very pleased to see Shemara’s appointment,” UBS Group AG analysts led by Jonathan Mott wrote in a note to clients. “We hold her in very high regard and believe she too has been fundamental in Macquarie’s success.”

Wikramanayake, who was born in the U.K. before her family moved to Australia, becomes the only female CEO among the nation’s 20 biggest companies by market value.

 

 

“She’s the right person for the job,” Bell Potter Securities Ltd. head of research TS Lim said, citing Wikramanayake’s track record of delivering profits at the asset management arm and strong people and management skills. “I don’t expect any change in the business model. They’ve de-risked the businesses since the global financial crisis and the returns are very good right now.”

Wikramanayake has worked for Macquarie around the world, including establishing its infrastructure funds in the U.S. and Canada. She was appointed to head its global asset management business in 2008 when Moore took over as CEO.

Under her leadership, Macquarie Asset Management has become the company’s fastest-growing and most successful division, employing more than 1,600 staff in 23 countries. It delivered net income of A$1.7 billion in the year ended March 31, accounting for almost two-thirds of group profit.

The division manages A$495 billion of assets ranging from toll roads and real estate to stocks, bonds and currencies.

Wikramanayake was paid A$16.7 million in total remuneration in fiscal 2018, making her the company’s second-highest paid executive behind Moore, who earned A$18.9 million.

“I have been honored to lead our teams through a period of unprecedented market change, profitable growth and many projects that have positively impacted our clients and the communities in which we operate around the world,” Moore, 59, said. “I am reassured in deciding to retire later this year that I leave Macquarie in a strong position and in safe hands.”

— With assistance by Matthew Burgess

 

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