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Gary Bennett, Chairman

Gary Bennett, Chairman

Gary currently heads Hong Kong-based North Star Consulting which provides high-level strategic advice and operational support to life insurance companies, with a primary focus on interim management, M&As, restructuring, distribution, products, and marketing. Gary has had a passion for wine for many years and is an avid collector. Having started as a client of Platinum Wines in 2006, Gary became an investor in 2008 and later took over as Chairman of the Board.

 

Following successful leadership roles with Armstrong Jones Life and GIO Australia, Gary joined CMG and there held a number of senior management positions in the Asia-Pacific region: he was CEO and Chairman of Jardine CMG Consulting in Singapore and headed the team that saw CMG receive the first Australia Joint Venture Life Insurance Licenses in Vietnam and China. He was also instrumental in establishing CMG Asia Pensions and Retirement Co. and was a CMG Asia Trustee. During his time at CMG, he tripled the business' growth in three years.

 

He was also member of the PCA Regional Board, Life ExCo, and Chairman of its life insurance companies in Japan and Korea, as well as a Director of PCA Asset Management in Japan.

 

Gary began his career with New York Life International in 2004 when he was appointed President and CEO of the company’s Hong Kong operation; from 2005 to 2009, he served as Managing Director and CEO. Under his leadership, a wide distribution network of more than 500 offices across 250 cities in India was established.


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Gary currently heads Hong Kong-based North Star Consulting which provides high-level strategic advice and operational support to life insurance companies, with a primary focus on interim management, M&As, restructuring, distribution, products, and marketing. Gary has had a passion for wine for many years and is an avid collector. Having started as a client of Platinum Wines in 2006, Gary became an investor in 2008 and later took over as Chairman of the Board.

 

Following successful leadership roles with Armstrong Jones Life and GIO Australia, Gary joined CMG and there held a number of senior management positions in the Asia-Pacific region: he was CEO and Chairman of Jardine CMG Consulting in Singapore and headed the team that saw CMG receive the first Australia ...
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Rickesh Kishnani, CEO

Rickesh Kishnani, CEO

As one of the leading experts in the fine wine and spirits industry, Rickesh combines a strong network of private clients with the experience of creating successful businesses across Asia and the US. In 2014 Rickesh launched the world’s first private equity whisky fund - Platinum Whisky Investment Fund – which offers investors a unique opportunity to capitalize upon the exponential, world-wide growth in demand for rare single malt Scotch whisky. He also currently serves as CEO of Platinum Wines, a premium wine and spirits distributor established in 2006.

 

Prior to finding his passion in the wine and spirits industry, Rickesh created other successful businesses in the US. He was part of the founding team for HookLogic in New York which provides e-commerce platforms with an end-to-end technology that uses performance marketing solutions to influence consumer buying decisions. In 2003 Rickesh served as President & CEO of AIESEC United States, which provides global internship services to corporations and university graduates worldwide.

 

Originally from Hong Kong, Rickesh holds a Bachelor of Science with a dual concentration in Economics and Organizational Management from the University of Michigan.


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As one of the leading experts in the fine wine and spirits industry, Rickesh combines a strong network of private clients with the experience of creating successful businesses across Asia and the US. In 2014 Rickesh launched the world’s first private equity whisky fund - Platinum Whisky Investment Fund – which offers investors a unique opportunity to capitalize upon the exponential, world-wide growth in demand for rare single malt Scotch whisky. He also currently serves as CEO of Platinum Wines, a premium wine and spirits distributor established in 2006.

 

Prior to finding his passion in the wine and spirits industry, Rickesh created other successful businesses in the US. He was part of the founding team for HookLogic in New York which provides e-commerc...
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Karen Leung, Business & Operations Director

Karen Leung, Business & Operations Director

Originally from Hong Kong, Karen has lived in Australia, the United States and England.

 

As an avid traveler, she has always been passionate about wine and began her formal wine training with the Wine and Spirits Education Trust in 2009. Since then, Karen has obtained an overall Distinction on the Wine and Spirit Education Trust’s (WSET) Level 3 Certification. She had also began her WSET Level 4 Diploma studies where she’d obtained a Distinction for her 4 thesis paper on single malt whiskies, an overall Distinction in the Champagne & Sparkling Wines unit, Distinction in the Viticulture unit, Distinction on Sprits blind tasting and Distinction on theory of Fortified Wines. She has yet to complete her final year of Diploma studies but is now focused on Argentinian Tango!

 

Having worked at a multinational trading company for 7 years, Karen decided to launch her career in wine and joined Platinum Wines in 2011. Karen holds various wine collection seminars and wine appreciation courses for corporate and private clients and is Platinum Wines' wine buyer. Karen has previously written commentaries on the wine investment and auction market in Financial Times and Wall Street Journal.

 

Karen holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Tufts University, having graduated Magna Cum Laude.


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Originally from Hong Kong, Karen has lived in Australia, the United States and England.

 

As an avid traveler, she has always been passionate about wine and began her formal wine training with the Wine and Spirits Education Trust in 2009. Since then, Karen has obtained an overall Distinction on the Wine and Spirit Education Trust’s (WSET) Level 3 Certification. She had also began her WSET Level 4 Diploma studies where she’d obtained a Distinction for her 4 thesis paper on single malt whiskies, an overall Distinction in the Champagne & Sparkling Wines unit, Distinction in the Viticulture unit, Distinction on Sprits blind tasting and Distinction on theory of Fortified Wines. She has yet to complete her final year of Diploma studies but is now focused o...
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