Leadership

Australia

Arian Neiron
Arian Neiron

Arian Neiron

Managing Director

 

  • Arian is responsible for the strategy and day-to-day operations of VanEck’s Australian business.
  • Prior to joining VanEck, Arian was a partner at boutique consulting firm Sunstone Partners, specialising in Asset and Wealth Management.
  • Previously Arian worked for Perpetual as Senior Portfolio Specialist; Head of Product Development for Protected Investments; and Senior Product Manager for Platforms and Wholesale Funds.
  • Arian has also held positions at Credit Suisse and MLC.
  • Arian has a Bachelor of Commerce from Curtin University and a Diploma of Financial Services and is currently undertaking an MBA at Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM).
 
Russel Chesler
Russel Chesler

Russel Chesler

Director, Investments & Portfolio Strategy

 

  • An actuary with over 20 years experience in financial services, Russel is responsible for managing VanEck’s Australian ETFs.
  • Prior to joining VanEck, Russel was a partner at boutique consulting firm Sunstone Partners, specialising in Asset and Wealth Management.
  • Previously Russel worked for Perpetual Limited as General Manager of Protected Investments and Lending. Russel has also held positions at Grange Securities, Alexander Forbes and Liberty Life.
  • Russel has a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries (United Kingdom).
 
Timothy Bethe
Timothy Bethe

Timothy Bethe

Senior Director, Product & Governance

 

  • Timothy is responsible for product management of VanEck’s ETFs and corporate governance.
  • Prior to joining VanEck, Timothy worked for Blackrock, where he was responsible for product governance and business management of the iShares ETFs on the ASX. Previously Timothy worked for Bluestone Group and GE Money.
  • Timothy has a Master in Applied Finance from the University of Western Sydney and a Graduate Diploma in Corporate Governance. Timothy is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia.
 
Russell Grigg
Russell Grigg

Russell Grigg

General Counsel and Head of Compliance

 

  • Russell is the General Counsel and Head of Compliance for VanEck in Australia.
  • Russell has over 15 years legal and compliance experience in financial services in Australia and England. He has previously consulted to NAB Wealth, MLC and BetaShares and held senior legal positions at Perpetual and Colonial First State Investments.
  • Russell commenced his career as a solicitor at GadensRidgeway Lawyers in Brisbane before moving inhouse with West Merchant Bank in its Global Legal & Compliance division in London.
  • Russell has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Queensland. He is admitted to practice in Queensland and New South Wales and is a Member of the Law Society of New South Wales.
 
Michael Brown
Michael Brown

Michael Brown

Director, Operations & Finance

 

  • Possesses over 30 years’ experience in financial services.
  • Michael is responsible for corporate finance in VanEck’s Australian business and for the operations of the Australian funds. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the finance industry. 
  • Prior to joining VanEck, Michael was Executive Director at boutique consulting firm, Sunstone Partners specialising in finance and regulatory matters for the Wealth Management Industry.
  • Previously Michael was General Manager at Perpetual, Chief Tax Counsel at MLC and Senior Vice President at BT Funds Management.
  • Michael has a Bachelor of Economics from Macquarie University and a Master of Laws from the University of Sydney.
 
Matthew McKinnon
Matthew McKinnon

Matthew McKinnon

Director, Intermediary & Institutions

 

  • Matthew is responsible for intermediary and institutional business development for VanEck in Australia.
  • Matthew has over 15 years experience in financial services with his most recent role being General Manager of Distribution for Equities at Perpetual.
  • Previously Matthew worked at IOOF, Rothschild, Morgan Stanley International and Merrill Lynch in London.
  • Matthew has a Bachelor of Business from Victoria University.
 
Brad Livingstone-Foggo
Brad Livingstone-Foggo

Brad Livingstone-Foggo

Head of Marketing - Australia

 

  • Brad is responsible for building the VanEck brand in Australia.
  • Prior to joining VanEck Brad held Marketing positions at Aberdeen Asset Management and Deutsche Asset Management.
  • Brad has also worked at Macquarie Group and BT Funds Management.
  • Brad has a Masters of Marketing from the University of New South Wales, a Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute and a Bachelor of Business from the University of Newcastle. Brad is a Certified Practicing Marketer (CPM) and is a member of the Australian Marketing Institute.
 

 

Global

Jan van Eck
Jan van Eck

Jan van Eck

CEO and President of VanEck

 

  • Created the firm's suite of VanEck Vectors ETFs
  • Developed a variety of international, emerging markets, and commodity-related investment strategies in mutual fund, ETF, and alternative investment formats
  • Executive Management Team member since 1985
  • Previously established a fund management joint venture between VanEck and Shenyin Wanguo Securities, one of the largest securities firms in China
  • Director, National Committee on United States-China Relations, since 2011
  • Finalist for Fund Leader of the Year, Institutional Investor's Mutual Fund Industry Awards, 2013
  • Media appearances include CNBC, Bloomberg Television, Switzer TV (Sky News Australia); quoted in Pensions & Investments, InvestmentNews
  • JD, Stanford University; BA (cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), Economics, Williams College
 
Adam Phillips
Adam Phillips

Adam Phillips

 Chief Operating Officer, VanEck Vectors ETFs

 

 

  • Joined VanEck in 2006; named VanEck Vectors COO in 2012.
  • Previously served as director of strategic business and capital markets relationships for all Market Vectors exchange-traded fund (ETF) products.
  • Prior to joining VanEck, founder and managing member of LB Trading, LLC, a proprietary ETF trading firm on the American Stock Exchange, and junior general partner and management committee member of Orbit II Partners, L.P., a  proprietary trading firm specializing in equity options, index options and ETF market making.
  • Member of American Stock Exchange from 1996 through 2006 and Amex Floor Official from 2001-2003.
  • BA, Economics and American Civilization, Lafayette College, 1992.
 
Bruce Smith
Bruce Smith

Bruce Smith

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

 

  • Serves as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Director of VanEck Associates Corporation, VanEck Securities Corporation and VanEck Absolute Return Advisers Corporation
  • Director, VanEck (Europe) GmbH, VanEck Switzerland AG and VanEck Société d'Investissement à Capital Variable
  • Prior to joining VanEck, CPA at McGladrey & Pullen
  • Member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA)
  • Holds FINRA Series 7, 27 and 63 licenses
  • CPA, 1980; BS, Accounting, Fordham University, 1977
 

 

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