Leading financial services journalist and commentator Aleks Vickovich will join Conexus Financial as editor-in-chief on July 1, 2023.
Vickovich is currently wealth editor at the Australian Financial Review and is editorial lead for the newspaper’s Super & Wealth Summit. At Conexus, Vickovich will work closely with the editors of Professional Planner and Investment Magazine and with group publisher Simon Hoyle to further develop each publication’s industry-leading position.
Vickovich will also work with the Conexus events team to develop the range of in-person events, including the Investment Magazine Fiduciary Investors Symposium, Group Insurance Dialogue and Chair Forum; and the Professional Planner Licensee Summit, Advice Practitioner Summit and Researcher Forum.
He will also work on the Retirement Conference, co-hosted by Conexus Financial and its not-for-profit superannuation and retirement policy think-tank, the Conexus Institute.
Before joining the AFR, Vickovich was managing editor of the wealth division at Momentum Media, overseeing IFA and InvestorDaily. He’s a former intern to a US Congressman and PR adviser to fintech start-ups and venture capital investors in California and Texas.
Vickovich was columnist of the Year at the Mumbrella Publish Awards 2017 for a series of opinion articles advocating for quality financial advice and calling for a royal commission into banking sector misconduct. His first book, USA G’DAY, was published in 2017.
Vickovich says it has been “an honour to take my knowledge of and passion for wealth management to Australia’s best newspaper, covering the exit of the major banks from the sector and helping to put regulation of financial advice on the national news agenda”.
“But my heart lies in the industry – not just writing about it, but advocating and agitating within it,” he says.
“So I’m thrilled to be joining Conexus, a business I have long admired, and hope to build on the good work done by current and previous editors of Professional Planner and Investment Magazine.”
Vickovich says the institutional investment and financial advice worlds are converging as the government considers its response to the Quality of Advice Review and millions of Baby Boomers are set to retire.