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Over the last year Australia’s corporate watchdog ASIC has faced media criticism for its role in the Commonwealth Financial Planning matter, been probed by the Senate on its performance and suffered a substantial budget cut. But despite this, ASIC continues to get results with its chairman Greg Medcraft pushing forward with an ambitious agenda to reform the way ASIC is funded, to overhaul Australia’s white-collar penalties and to remake the financial advice sector. Hear Mr Medcraft address the National Press Club on ASIC’s expanding role, how he is lifting the organisation’s performance and the big challenges he sees for the Australian financial system.
Greg Medcraft was appointed ASIC Chairman on 13 May 2011 for a five-year term.
Greg joined as ASIC Commissioner in February 2009. Prior to ASIC, Greg was Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director at the Australian Securitisation Forum (ASF).
Greg spent nearly 30 years in investment banking at Société Générale in Australia, Asia, Europe and the Americas. More recently, he was the Managing Director and Global Head of Securitisation, based in New York.
In 2002, Greg co-founded the American Securitization Forum and was its Chairman from 2005 until 2007 when he returned to Australia. In January 2008, he was appointed Chairman Emeritus of the Forum.
Before joining Société Générale, Greg worked as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG.
Greg was elected by the IOSCO Board in May 2012 as its Chair. His term commenced in March 2013 and he was re-elected for a second term in October 2014. In his capacity as IOSCO Board Chair, Greg is also a member of the Financial Stability Board, which reports to the G20.