CountPlus names chief executive

Hugh Humphrey
Countplus Limited - Chief Executive
Date: 20 May 2022
Position: Chief Executive
By Elizabeth Fry

CountPlus has named Hugh Humphrey as chief executive and promoted Laurent Toussaint to head of finance and operations.

Humphrey replaces Matthew Rowe who stepped down in February, just three months after being reappointed to the top job.

He joins from National Australia Bank where he ran the consumer banking franchise across NSW and emerging markets. He delivered positive business growth, substantial improvements, network transformation, and digital migration.

Previously, he held senior roles at the Commonwealth Bank, AMP, Hillross Financial Services, Singtel Optus, and Vodafone.

At CBA, Humphrey ran wealth management and advice.

"Hugh's experience across strategic growth, digital and transformation capabilities, and his vision for the future of advice and leading teams across accounting and related services are key attributes the board identified as critical for the company's ongoing success," said CountPlus chair, Ray Kellerman.

Kellerman said Humphrey's team leadership strengths and Toussaint's promotion underline a commitment to building the existing leadership talent within the advice group.

"Together with Laurent Toussaint's operational strength, Hugh's appointment creates a strong team dedicated to achieving our long-term goals," said Mr. Kellerman."

Toussaint, who ran the finance function for four years, has served as interim chief executive for the past four months.

He is a former CFO of the ASX-listed Ambition and Data Dimensions.

Speaking of the appointment, Humphrey said over the last several years, he had observed a rejuvenated CountPlus and Count Financial.

"I'm looking forward to getting started so that we can work to deliver positive client outcomes every day while also delivering returns for our shareholders," he added.