In this brief interview, Heather Brilliant, CFA, shares her experience with and advice on taking international job assignments.
About the Speaker(s)
Heather Brilliant, CFA, is chief executive officer, Americas, and acting chief operating officer at First State Investments. Heather is responsible for managing the business in the Americas and further expanding First State Investments’ market presence across the region. As acting COO, she also provides strategic leadership and oversight to the firm’s global operations, technology, and project management teams. She is a member of the firm’s Global Executive Committee. Heather has worked in the industry for over 20 years. Prior to joining First State Investments in 2017, she spent 14 years at Morningstar, most recently as chief executive officer of Morningstar Australasia. In this role, Heather devised and drove various initiatives, based on functional and local market priorities, including the development and implementation of a 10-year strategy to accelerate business growth. Preceding this, she led the equity and corporate credit research teams at Morningstar, consisting of more than 100 analysts based in offices around the world. Previously, Heather spent several years as an equity research analyst for Coghill Capital Management and Driehaus Capital Management. She has covered a variety of sectors, including pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, business services, and retail. She started her finance career at Bank of America as a corporate finance analyst covering the auto industry. Heather holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation and is chairman of the CFA Institute Board of Governors and past chair of the CFA Society of Chicago.