Paul Rickard was the founding managing director of CommSec, which he started in 1995 and led till 2002, and then Chairman until 2009. Now the leading stockbroker in Australia with more than 1.5 million clients, CommSec is one of Australia's great business success stories built around technology innovation, simplicity in business model design, and creating a challenger brand. Remarkably, it was developed from within the confines of the Commonwealth Bank - then one of Australia's most staid and conservative institutions.
His success in taking on the stockbroking industry was recognised when his peers awarded him Stockbroker of the Year - Industry Hall of Fame in 2005.
After a 20 year career in Senior Executive roles with the Commonwealth Bank, Paul left in 2009 to pursue his other real passions - personal investment and financial literacy. Changing how people go about investing is one thing - helping them become great investors and an astute risk manager is another.
Paul teamed up with Peter Switzer to establish a financial advisory firm and found the Switzer Super Report, an online investment report for the trustees of self managed super funds. As a qualified financial adviser and an expert in self managed superannuation, Paul writes a weekly column and regularly appears on 2GB and Sky Business to discuss investing, superannuation and making money work harder.
Keeping close to the corporate world in finance is important - so when he is not thinking about smarter investing, Paul works as a non-executive director on several company boards. He is also a keen Rotarian.
Paul Rickard travels from New South Wales Australia
"I found the level of service and degree of communication to be excellent."
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