Vas is Head of Australia and New Zealand Research, where he oversees the research, board engagement, and voting recommendations of regional research covered by the ISS Research team in Sydney, Australia.
Prior to joining ISS in 2015, Vas was Principal of Kolesnikoff Governance Research & Consulting, a corporate governance research and consulting service. He has been a member of the ASX Corporate Governance Council, the Financial Reporting Council and the Australian Securities & Investments Commission Consumer Advisory Panel. Vas is well known in the Australian corporate governance community for his former role as Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Shareholders’ Association, where he was responsible for leadership of advocacy, policy, and research. He is a seasoned governance professional with significant banking and finance experience, having served as Director Hybrid & Structured Capital at Westpac Institutional Bank, Vice President Global Markets and Investment Banking at Merrill Lynch, Associate Director Private Capital at AMP Asset Management, and Associate Director at Macquarie Group.
Vas started his career as a chartered accountant with KPMG and holds a Bachelor of Economics from Sydney University and a Master of Applied Finance from Macquarie University.