Our Team

INVESTMENT TEAM

The Revolution portfolio management team founded the business and takes personal ownership of its investment management responsibilities. They have worked alongside one another over many years and are committed to providing successful outcomes to investors. Combining more than 60 years of experience, they have a strong track record of investing in Australian and New Zealand private debt.

Bob Sahota
Managing Director and
Chief Investment Officer

Bob is the Managing Director, Chief Investment Officer and Founder of Revolution Asset Management, a a specialist investment manager established to provide institutional and high net worth investors with access to the Australian & NZ private debt market. He is responsible for leading the strategy and managing the assets of the portfolio.

Prior to establishing Revolution, Bob has held the role of Head of Fixed Income at Challenger Limited, from 2005 to 2016. At Challenger, Bob led an investment team of 14 staff managing leveraged finance/private debt, real estate debt, ABS, investment grade corporate credit and alternatives portfolios on behalf of both Challenger Life Company and a number of Australian superannuation funds. During his tenure, funds under management increased from $1 billion to in excess of $9 billion.

Before Challenger, Bob spent three years as a Credit Analyst and Portfolio Manager at PIMCO, responsible for credit analysis, security selection and portfolio management of corporate credit portfolios in the Asia Pacific (ex-Japan) region. He previously served as Portfolio Manager, Infrastructure and Private Debt at AMP Capital, where from 2001-2003 he was responsible for the origination and monitoring of a portfolio of loan exposures in the infrastructure and private acquisition finance sectors.

Bob is Board of Trustees Member and on the Finance and Investment Committee of Western Sydney University. Bob holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and Finance from the University of NSW, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance from FINSIA and a Master of Applied Finance from Macquarie University.

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Simon Petris Ph.D.
Executive Director and
Senior Portfolio Manager

Simon is one of the co-founders of Revolution Asset Management. From 2011 to 2017, Simon was a Senior Portfolio Manager for Westpac’s $2.2Bn AUD principal investment fund called Credit Relative Value. Simon specifically focused on RMBS, CLOs, Consumer, Equipment and Transport ABS. In addition to credit investing, he had overall responsibility for currency and interest rate hedging and asset/liability management of the entire fund.

As a long term cornerstone senior and mezzanine investor in public and private ABS transactions, he is a very well-known figure in the Australian Securitisation market amongst issuers, arrangers and the sell-side. Previously, Simon was a Senior Portfolio Manager in Fixed Income at Challenger alongside Mr Sahota and has held Credit Trading and Structuring roles at CBA and ANZ. He is also currently on the Australian Securitisation Forum (ASF) Investor Subcommittee.

Simon holds a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Melbourne, a Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours degree in Theoretical Physics from Monash University where he was the recipient of the Dean’s List Award for every year of attendance. He also received a Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance from FINSIA.

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David Saija CFA
Executive Director and
Senior Portfolio Manager

David is one of the co-founders of Revolution and is responsible for portfolio selection and management. Prior to forming Revolution, David was a portfolio manager with Kapstream, where he was responsible for credit analysis and portfolio management, covering multiple sectors including property, infrastructure, diversifieds and technology, media and telecommunications. Prior to Kapstream, David worked alongside Bob Sahota at Challenger, where he was responsible for the credit research and management across multiple sectors with a key focus on commercial real estate debt and leveraged loans, which incorporated detailed industry and business analysis, financial analysis and significant downside modelling as well as assigning internal credit ratings.

David holds a Bachelor of Business (with Distinction) from the University of Technology, Sydney, is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and is also a CFA charterholder.

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Steve Sutinen
Portfolio Manager

Steve commenced with the firm in 2021 as a Portfolio Manager primarily focused on the Asset Backed Securities portfolio involved in all facets of the investment process including origination, due diligence and on-going surveillance and monitoring of existing transactions. Steve is also responsible Revolution’s ESG policy.

Steve commenced his career with 21 years at Challenger Financial Services in a variety of functional areas within the Life Company, including analyst roles in the Risk and Quantitative Analysis team and Finance. Steve then spent 13 years in the Fixed Income team, initially providing support for a portfolio covering a broad range of fixed interest investments including investment grade corporate credit, domestic ABS, offshore ABS, and private debt. He progressed to the role of Senior Portfolio Manager responsible for the deployment of over $1bn in the alternative debt portfolio which included investments in insurance linked securities, royalty securitisations and aircraft finance, amongst others. Steve was also responsible for the initial implementation and adoption of ESG reporting for the fixed income team of Challenger Investment Partners.

Prior to joining Revolution, Steve worked at Bluestone APAC as the Senior Relationship Manager responsible for managing a significant 3rd party servicing contract for a $7bn mortgage portfolio. In this role Steve was responsible for stakeholder management of key external counterparties (CBA and Aussie Home Loans), as well as being the key management contact for the teams responsible for settlements, servicing, compliance and collections.

Steve holds a Bachelor of Mathematics and Finance from the University of Technology, Sydney, and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from FINSIA.

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Lucie Bielczykova CFA
Associate Portfolio Manager

Lucie joined Revolution from JANA, a leading asset consultant, where she focused on fixed income research, portfolio construction and investment strategy advice to a range of Australian and New Zealand clients. Prior to JANA, Lucie worked as Portfolio Analyst at Challenger Limited, focusing on fixed income portfolios with responsibility for cash management. Lucie started her career at Kapstream Capital, where she worked alongside Bob Sahota and David Saija conducting credit analysis and working on several projects including launch of private debt strategy.

Lucie holds a Bachelor of Accounting degree from Kent Institute of Business and Technology. She was awarded the Kent International Student Scholarship, Kent Award for Academic Excellence and placed on the Dean’s List. Lucie is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder.

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OUR PARTNER

Channel Capital provides Revolution with comprehensive funds management infrastructure including middle office, risk management and compliance, client services, company secretarial and finance, together with marketing and distribution services so that we can focus on delivering investment returns.

OPERATIONS TEAM AVERAGE EXPERIENCE – 16 YEARS*

Glen Holding
Managing Director
Channel Capital

Katherine Youhanna
Executive Director

Josh Yeo
Chief Operating Officer

Michael Bird
Chief Financial Officer

Michael Coombs
Head of Client Services

Magda Dantas
Client Services Manager

Joanne Evdokimov
Manager, People and Culture

Tom Laube
Head of Finance

Rob Pownall
Head of Data Analytics

Clint Lidster
Head of Investment Analytics

Mat Tibbett
Chief Technology Officer

DISTRIBUTION TEAM AVERAGE EXPERIENCE – 14 YEARS*

Andrew King
Head of Distribution
Institutional and Family Office

Luke Mandekic
Distribution Director – VIC | SA | WA | TAS

James Biggins
Distribution Director – VIC | SA | WA | TAS

Byron Slessar
Distribution Director – ACT | NSW | QLD

Angela Dovitsas
Head of Marketing

Matthew Tee
Marketing Manager

* As at 31 August 2020.