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Count announces resignation of CFO

By Keith Ford
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Listed advice group Count is on the hunt for a new chief financial officer.

Laurent Toussaint has informed Count that he will leave the advice network at the end of September.

In an announcement to the ASX, Count said the search for a new CFO was underway, with Mr Toussaint continuing in the role until 29 September. This will take the business through the delivery of its full year financial results and ensure a “smooth transition”.

Hugh Humphrey, chief executive at Count, said: “The board of Count and I would like to sincerely thank Laurent for his significant contribution to the company’s success since joining the group as CFO in 2018.

“Personally, I am very grateful for his service and outstanding support to me in my time as CEO. We wish him every success in his future endeavours.”

Mr Toussaint was promoted to the role of chief financial and operating officer in May 2022 following a tenure as interim CEO before Mr Humphrey was hired for the role.

Mr Toussaint added: “I would like to thank Hugh, the board, and the entire team at Count for the opportunity to work in the company for the last five and half years.

“Whilst the time is right for a new and different challenge, I am very proud of the role I played in Count’s success and remain a vocal advocate of the company.”

The advice group also recently appointed Lisa Chambers as its chief risk officer, effective 27 March.

Ms Chambers moved to Count from Australian Executor Trustees (AET), where she served as general manager. She also previously held senior executive roles at National Australia Bank, Commonwealth Bank, Colonial First State, and BT.

In May, Count rebranded from its previous name, CountPlus. In addition, four equity partner firms have chosen to rebrand their firms as Count, which is the first time that partner firms have chosen to trade under the Count brand in the company’s 43-year history.

As such, Count said it expected to see an increasing number of firms take on the new brand and boost the company’s national reach.

“Our company name change, brand transformation, and new value proposition give our clients greater certainty about our offering, providing them with the confidence to look ahead,” Mr Humphrey added.

“We remain committed to delivering high-quality financial advice for our clients. This new strategy strengthens Count’s position as a major player in the future of wealth management advice in Australia.”