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Driving the growth spurt

PROMINENT Perth merchant banker Mark Barnaba is among a host of nominations that have come in for Business News 40 Under 40 program this week.

Mr Barnaba is a partner and managing director of corporate consultancy Poynton & Partners and was a founding partner of its GEM consulting business.

He also has been a member of Business News’ business panel.

Woodside strategy and planning manager Geoff Ward nominated Mr Barnaba for the 40 Under 40 project.

Mr Ward said Mr Barnaba had helped grow the GEM Consulting practice from its initial base in WA to take on the Sydney market.

“The company has expanded from around six employees to more than 30 in five years,” he said.

“GEM Consulting has grown and attracted a significant business and corporate client base, including large first-tier companies.

“The quality of the business has been recognised widely, and has attracted the attention of international companies looking to expand in Australia.

“Mark is recognised as a business leader among the Perth business community and adviser to many.”

Mr Barnaba spent four years with management consultancy McKinsey and Company. His inter-national experience includes time in New York, London, Milan and Johannesburg.

He holds a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard University and graduated with high distinction as a Baker Scholar.

Mr Barnaba also graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree with first class honours from the University of WA. He received a Hackett Scholarship from the university to study overseas and the JA Wood University Medal for the top graduate, university wide, of his year.

Besides his work with GEM, Mr Barnaba is on the boards of the UWA Graduate School of Management and the West Coast Eagles Football Club.

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