AMP Australia chief steps down

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AMP has indicated the boss of its Australian arm will be departing the group, with his resignation effective immediately.

Alex Wade

AMP stated it accepted AMP Australia chief executive Alex Wade’s resignation on Thursday morning. 

New Zealand wealth management CEO Blair Vernon has been appointed acting CEO of AMP Australia as the group hunts for a permanent replacement. 


Mr Vernon will commence in the role immediately, with chief client officer Jeff Ruscoe to replace him as acting CEO of the NZ wealth management business. 

AMP CEO Francesco De Ferrari said: “We have a strong team in AMP Australia, who [has] been transforming the business, managing the successful separation of AMP Life, reshaping advice and increasing our focus on clients.”

“I’m pleased we are able to call on an experienced executive in Blair Vernon to lead this team and continue to drive our strategy forward.”

Mr Wade was previously group executive, advice overseeing AMP’s network of advisers in Australia, before the company rolled its banking and wealth management businesses into one combined organisation and named it AMP Australia

He was appointed to head the new unit in October last year.

Mr Wade’s departure has added to a recent wave of changes that has taken place among the group’s leadership, after four executives in the AMP Capital team walked.


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Sarah Simpkins

Sarah Simpkins

Sarah Simpkins is a journalist at Momentum Media, reporting primarily on banking, financial services and wealth. 

Prior to joining the team in 2018, Sarah worked in trade media and produced stories for a current affairs program on community radio. 

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