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Astrid Raetze KPMG

A KPMG partner and its Australian head of fintech has taken on an executive director role at tech company, Automic Group.

Automic Group has welcomed the arrival of Astrid Raetze as an executive director. 

Bringing to the role over 20 years’ experience, Ms Raetze joins Automic from KPMG where she was a partner and Australian head of fintech. Prior to this she was at Baker McKenzie where she was the global head of fintech, a member of the Global Innovation Committee and the Australian lead for the Financial Institutions Group.

“Automic was founded in 2012 and began in share registry at a time when we saw a real need for technology to disrupt the archaic solutions provided to companies to manage their register data, corporate transactions and overall investor experience,” Automic Group’s managing director Paul Williams said.

“Today, our business has expanded significantly beyond registry. But our mission remains steadfast – to use technology and our understanding of clients and markets to help the many inspiring Australian entities achieve their goals – whether they’re looking to grow, expand or list on a market. Our proprietary technology, combined with our expanding team of industry leaders, is a powerful combination.

“Astrid’s deep experience at the coalface of the fintech and financial services industries provides Automic’s current and prospective clients a wealth of knowledge, expertise and innovative thinking, which is priceless in our rapidly changing market.”

Speaking about the new role, Ms Raetze said: “Automic Group is focused on finding ways to help its clients better, whether that is to grow, to solve problems or to innovate. As part of that, we are investing in cutting edge technology and in our employees. In our experience, if our employees are engaged, our clients receive an excellent experience”.

“Being part of Automic Group, with a mandate to help drive real change across all of Automic’s business, is a very exciting opportunity for me. It’s enabling me to build on the success Automic has already had, and to put into practice everything I have learnt about innovation, strategy and competition. I’m delighted to be part of the Automic journey,” she added.

Emma Ryan

Emma Ryan

Emma Ryan is the editor of Lawyers Weekly at Momentum Media.

Emma has worked for Momentum Media since 2015, and has been responsible for breaking some of the biggest stories in corporate Australia. She also directs the content for Lawyers Weekly's stable of events, including the Australian Law Awards, the Women in Law Awards and the Boutique Law Summit. 


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