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Biographies

Mr Gary Bennett

Executive Vice President & CEO Asia, New York Life Enterprises LLC

Gary Bennett joined New York Life from New York Life Insurance Worldwide in Hong Kong, where he was President and Chief Executive. A true Asia life insurance veteran, Gary has over 25 years of experience in the industry and has worked for a number of companies in Australia and across Asia Pacific.

Before joining New York Life, Gary was Managing Director North Asia of Prudential Corporation Asia. During his tenure, he was also a member of the PCA Regional Board, Life ExCo and Chairman of the Life Insurance Companies in Japan and Korea as well as a Director of PCA Asset Management Japan. Prior to this, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CMG Asia Life in Hong Kong where he led CMG's substantial growth in Hong Kong from 1997. He was also instrumental in establishing CMG Asia Pensions and Retirement Co. and CMG Asia Trustee. Gary also held a number of senior management positions for Colonial (CMG) in the Asia-Pacific region, including CEO and Chairman of Jardine CMG Consulting in Singapore where he worked on the China Licensing Team and headed the team that saw Colonial receive the first Australia Joint Venture Life Insurance License in Vietnam and China.

Gary’s belief, passion and commitment to Platinum Wines has transcended from being a prized client (2001), to becoming a business partner in 2009. Gary is a truly inspirational and highly respected business leader, and a great asset to the growth of Platinum Wines.

Mr Rickesh Kishnani

Managing Director, Platinum Wines

Rickesh has been involved with various aspects of the wine industry including organising tasting events, running En Primeur campaigns, coordinating wine buying with vineyards, and managing clients' investment portfolios.  His passion for wine began while visiting vineyards in California but has since expanded to all major regions of the world.

Prior to finding his passion in the wine industry, Rickesh was Vice-President of Business Development for Hook Logic in New York City where he was responsible for sales and marketing to expand Hook’s network of clients and vendors. In 2003, Rickesh also served as President of AIESEC United States, an international organisation providing global internship services to corporations and university graduates worldwide. During his time with AIESEC Rickesh led a re-design of all customer processes, directed the creation of customized global HR solutions for several clients such as Kraft Foods and Delphi Automotive, and built supply relationships with colleagues in over 25 countries.

Originally from Hong Kong, Rickesh holds a Bachelors degree from the University of Michigan and has been involved with the creation of several successful start-up ventures in New York City and Hong Kong.