Chief Executive Officer
Russel Pillemer co-founded Pengana in 2003. He has been Pengana’s Chief Executive Officer since inception.
Prior to founding Pengana, Russel worked in the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs in New York where he specialised in providing advice to funds management businesses. Before moving to New York, he was responsible for leading Goldman Sachs’ Australian Financial Institutions Group.
Russel was previously Chairman of Centric Wealth Group and a Principal of Turnbull Pillemer Capital.
He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and has a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) from the University of New South Wales.
Chief Financial Officer
Katrina is the Chief Financial Officer of Pengana and has held this role since the inception of the company in 2003. She is an Executive Director of Pengana Capital and Pengana Investment Management Limited and is a member of Pengana’s Compliance and Risk Management Committees.
Katrina is an experienced financial services executive with over 25 years' experience across a diverse range of products, investors and regulatory regimes.
Prior to joining Pengana, Katrina was an Executive Vice President at BT Funds Management where she held a number of roles in the nine year period. Prior to that she worked for Price Waterhouse specialising in banking and financial services audit.
Katrina has a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Sydney, is an Australian Chartered Accountant, a Fellow of FINSIA and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Chief Investment Officer
As Chief Investment Officer, Nick is responsible for manager monitoring, performance analysis and risk management across Pengana’s investment strategies. He also chairs the Risk Management Committee and is an Executive Director of Pengana Capital.
Nick has more than 20 years' experience in the actuarial and investment industries in the UK and Australia. Prior to his current role, Nick was Head of Investment Research within Aon’s Investment Consulting Practice in Sydney.
Nick is a qualified Actuary and CFA Charterholder. He was educated in England and holds a Law and Economics degree from the University of Durham.
Adam Myers is an Executive Director with oversight of strategic initiatives and responsibility for the quantitative and structuring capability within the group.
Adam developed an appreciation of market risk during a 15-year career trading equity derivatives, structuring derivative transactions and managing equity derivative traders.
Prior to joining Pengana, he headed the Equity Derivatives business at Investec Bank in South Africa and the Corporate Equity Structuring function at Investec Bank in Australia.
Adam holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) from the University of Johannesburg.
Paula Ferrao is an Executive Director, having previously been interim Chief Executive Officer of Hunter Hall International Limited (HHL) and Chief Financial Officer of HHL since 2010.
Paula has 19 years’ experience in the funds management industry with strong expertise in financial reporting and tax for corporate entities, listed investment companies, managed investment schemes and public offer superannuation funds and in all aspects of fund operations.
Paula was previously the Company Secretary of HHL, an Executive Director of Hunter Hall International (UK) Limited and of Rushcutter Investments Pty Limited, a Trustee of Hunter Hall Charitable Fund and a member of the Hunter Hall Charitable Committee.
Paula holds a Bachelor of Business from the University of Technology, Sydney.
Dean Weinbren is an Executive Director, with oversight of Marketing, Media Partnerships and Brand initiatives across the Pengana Group.
Prior to joining Pengana, Dean's previous experience includes the set-up and management of one of Australia's largest non-aligned risk insurance firms, as well as having founded and run both digital and experiential media agencies for major corporate sponsorships.
Dean holds a BSocSci in Organisational Psychology and Industrial Sociology from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, as well as an Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning.
Head of Direct Clients
Daniel Fine is the Head of Direct Clients, servicing all of Pengana's direct client relationships.
Prior to joining Pengana, Daniel was the founder and director of a general insurance business in South Africa, focusing on domestic and commercial business.
Daniel holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.