Pru Bennett is a principal at Guerdon Associates which provides executive and director remuneration and board effectiveness services that contribute to improved and sustainable shareholder value. Pru is also a Senior Advisor for Brunswick Group Hong Kong providing strategic ESG advice for their clients.
Pru is also a member of the Advisory Council for Hong Kong based investment management firm, Oasis Capital.
Until January 2019, Pru Bennett was a Managing Director at BlackRock and Head of BlackRock’s Investment Stewardship team for the APAC Region based in Hong Kong. In that role Pru led a team that responsible for engagement and proxy voting activities in relation to the companies in which BlackRock invests on behalf of clients.
Pru is an active participant in the public debate on corporate governance, stewardship and responsible investment and as such regularly speaks and writes on the importance of these issues for company performance and investment decisions. In 2018 Pru received the Asia Industry Leadership Award from 100 Women in Finance. In 2013, Pru was named as one of Australia’s top 10 Women of Influence in Corporate Governance.
Pru is a member of a number of industry and regulatory bodies including Public Shareholder Group of Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) , the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s Corporate Governance Advisory Committee and a council member of the Asian Corporate Governance Association..
Pru is a champion of diversity and inclusion of all kinds. She is a member of steering groups for the Australian and Hong Kong chapters of the 30% club, a market initiative to increase the number of women on boards and in senior management. Pru has published a number of papers on board diversity.
Before taking on her current role in August 2010 Pru was head of Corporate Governance at institutional advisor Regnan Governance and Research until 2010. From 1998 to 2009 Pru was a director of Australian proxy advisor Corporate Governance International, which was acquired by Glass Lewis & Co in 2006 and is now known as CGI Glass Lewis. Prior to working in the area of corporate governance Pru was Investor Relations Manager for Qantas Airways Limited.
Pru has a BCom from the University of New South Wales and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.