Rob Coombe is a Director of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation and a member of AIEF’s Investment Committee. Rob is currently Executive Chairman of Generation Development Group (GDG) an ASX listed financial services company which owns Generation Life, Ascalon Capital and operates a Pooled Development Fund licence. Rob is also Executive Chairman of superannuation business Colonial First State, Chairman of National Wealth Management Services Limited (NWMSL), the head company of the MLC Wealth (MLC) business and Chairman of Tibra Capital a privately owned global multi strategy hedge fund business.
In addition to the above Chairmanships, Rob is a main board Director of CIMB Group, one of the largest universal banks in the ASEAN region with operations in each of the 10 ASEAN countries. He Chairs CIMBs Global Risk and Compliance Committee and is the Boards sustainability sponsor and Chair. Rob is also a member of the Advisory Board of 5V Capital Investors, a leading Australian private equity manager focused on investing in established growth companies across a range of industries.
On top of Robs commercial interests, he is the Deputy Chairman of Surfing Australia. Between 2013 and 2019, Rob was firstly CEO (2013-2017) then Chairman of Craveable Brands, the largest Australian owned Quick Service Restaurant business. Robs tenure with this business was during its ownership by Archer Capital and culminated in a successful exit to PAG in August 2019. Before joining Craveable Brands, Rob was responsible for all of Westpac’s Retail, Business and Agri banking operations. Prior to this role, Rob spent 6 years as the CEO of BT Financial Group, responsible for all of Westpacs funds management, financial planning, insurance, private banking, broking, platform and superannuation businesses in Australia.
In total, he has over 35 years corporate experience in both Australia and Asia, primarily in financial services. He has had extensive experience on the boards of both listed and private companies. In 2011 Rob was awarded the prestigious UTS Alumni of the Year for Excellence in recognition of his achievements in the business community and social sector.