Our house publication Listed@ASX has gone completely digital, mirroring trends in publishing and in line with ASX’s sustainability goals to reduce reliance on natural resources such as paper.
It’s been a fantastic journey over the last nine years for the magazine we affectionally call Listed, with 18 issues published between 2014 and 2022. We’re excited about its future, as it combines with our existing digital channel, On the Board, which until now has had a focus on our equity capital markets and IPO community.
It makes sense to combine the two publications because our pre-listed and existing listed businesses and their advisers are part of one ecosystem. We know the pre-listed and IPO community of companies and the advisers who bring companies to market will be keen to know what’s impacting existing listed companies and their landscape. At the same time, our listed companies will be keen to understand what’s influencing investors and other stakeholders in newer market entrants – as the same considerations may apply to them. So from now on, we will be publishing news about both groups in one spot.
As we put the printed Listed@ASX to bed for the last time, it’s worth looking back at some of its highlights.
Each issue, we featured a listed business CEO on the cover, and the breadth of our ‘cover stars’ over the life of the printed publication shows how diverse the listed community is. We featured companies from mining, financial services, financial products, technology, biotechnology, medical devices, food products, infrastructure and real estate, and that’s just the covers. Our stories touched many more companies whether by way of profiles or inclusion of their input on topics of the day such as short selling and shareholder activism.
Many of the CEOs from the earlier publications have gone on to new and interesting roles. For instance, Ellie Commerford was on our first cover in the summer of 2014/2015. At the time, she was CEO of leading lenders’ mortgage insurance pioneer Genworth. Now, she has a portfolio of non-executive director roles. These include online task market Airtasker and financial services business Heartland Group. Outgoing CEO of Mirvac, Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz will lead the government’s new council on housing supply and affordability.
Financial services businesses have been a perennial feature of the publication. Special mention goes to Afterpay, which was acquired in 2022 by global financial services conglomerate Block. The buy-now-pay-later leader has been a huge success and delivered incredible value to shareholders.
While it’s no longer on our boards, Afterpay was one of a growing cohort of tech businesses listed on ASX. Other tech companies we featured on the cover include WiseTech Global’s CEO Richard White, cloud accounting pioneer Xero’s former CEO Steve Vamos, Ed Chung of Technology One and Chris Hulls, CEO of family tracking app Life360.
There’s always movement in the upper echelons of our listed businesses, but there’s a lot of stability as well. Many of our feature CEOs remain at the helm of their businesses. Bendigo and Adelaide Bank CEO Marnie Baker was on our summer 2019/2020 cover and remains in her role, as does Kate Thorley, CEO of Wilson Asset Management, Rob Scott, CEO of Wesfarmers and Paul Perrault of CSL.
While Listed will no longer be printed, we hope you enjoy the magazine in its new digital format. You can expect to enjoy all the same CEO profiles and case studies, just in a more digestible, shareable way from your favourite device.
We look forward to bringing you lots of great news about listed businesses in the future and we love to hear from readers. So please get in touch at Listed@asx.com.au to let us know what you think about our new approach and to suggest stories you’d like us to cover.