Maria Wilton, CFA

Chair, National Diversity Council

Maria Wilton has a thirty year history in the investment industry with leadership experience in asset management and superannuation.

Maria is the former Managing Director and Chair of Franklin Templeton Investments Australia and Senior Director of International Advisory Services – a role she held for 12 years. She was responsible for the management of Franklin Templeton’s activities in Australia and New Zealand and for driving the strategic direction of the Australian business.

Prior to joining Franklin Templeton, Ms. Wilton was with BT Financial Group (formerly Rothschild) and County Investment Management where she was a diversified fund and fixed income portfolio manager. She began her investment management career at JP Morgan Investment Management as an economist and portfolio manager. Before joining the investment management industry, Ms. Wilton worked for the Commonwealth Treasury in Canberra in an economic research capacity.

Ms. Wilton is Deputy Chair of Infrastructure Victoria, Chair of the Industry Advisory Board of the Australian Centre of Financial Studies, a Member of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Advocacy Council and National Chair of the CFA Society Diversity Committee. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees. She was a Board Member of AGEST and Emergency Services and State Super and a member of their Investment Committees. She was a Director of Melbourne Water, the Transport Accident Commission, the National Breast Cancer Foundation and Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) and Chair of the VLA Audit Committee.

Ms. Wilton holds a bachelor of economics from the University of Tasmania and is a CFA® charterholder.

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