Experienced board chair Miriam Silva was appointed deputy managing director of the Crescent group of companies last month.
She comes into the position with more than 20 years of experience managing large and geographically diverse teams, previously working within the pharmaceuticals, banking and agribusiness sectors.
Ms Silva will be managing Crescent’s sister companies, including Australia’s first Islamic sharia-compliant super fund Crescent Wealth, Crescent Finance, Crescent Foundation, and Crescent Institute.
Ms Silva said her role would involve “refreshing the focus” of the group in its pursuit of building and resonating with its growing community.
Ms Silva’s previous leadership experience includes acting chief executive of TAFE South Australia, chief operating officer for FleetPartners, and general manager of commercial operations at Elders. She has also held a number of roles with the ANZ Banking Group.
Crescent Wealth founder and managing director Talal Yassine described Ms Silva as a “well-respected business and community heart leader with a tremendous ability to empathise and articulate a compelling vision that others will follow”.
He said that Ms Silva’s appointment is a great milestone for the company as it lays the foundations that will allow it to increase scale, take market share and have a stronger community presence over the next five years.
“She is equally at home discussing balance sheets as she is talking about cultural capital and cross-cultural relations, whether in the boardroom or community hall,” Mr Yassine said.
“Miriam is the perfect person to help the Crescent group of companies achieve its wide-ranging goals.”
This year, Ms Silva was appointed as a member of the Order of Australia (AM) and was previously named as one of Australia’s inaugural 100 Women of Influence in the Westpac/AFR Awards.
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