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1 February 2022

New ASFA Chair

The Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA) today announced the appointment of Mr Gary Dransfield as Independent Chair, effective 23 February 2022.

"We are very pleased to have secured someone from outside the superannuation industry who will provide impartial leadership of the diverse board," said Chair of the ASFA Board Nominations Committee, Mr Chris Davies.

Mr Dransfield is currently a non-executive director of Hollard Insurance and of the Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA). He was formerly the Chief Executive of Insurance Australia for the Suncorp Group, has been both board member and Chair of the Insurance Council of Australia and the Insurance Council of New Zealand, and held numerous other board directorships. Mr Dransfield has also held executive roles with IAG, Lend Lease, and AMP.

"Mr Dransfield’s experience in leading financial organisations and with industry associations, regulators and government will be invaluable as the board pursues its priorities,” Mr Davies said.

“He is equipped with deep functional expertise in marketing, sales, distribution, corporate/government affairs, product manufacturing, operations and IT which will position him well as the superannuation industry navigates substantial changes to the global economy, industry consolidation, community expectations, regulatory frameworks and the associated complexity.”

Having completed his second term, current ASFA Independent Chair Dr Michael Easson AM will retire from the role on 22 February 2022.

"We extend our deepest thanks to Dr Michael Easson, who has chaired the ASFA Board for the past six years,” said Mr Davies.

“He has made a valuable contribution during a period of significant legislative and regulatory change for the industry – providing leadership and guidance in dealing with a range of complex issues, including ensuring the voices of consumers and the broader ASFA membership are heard.

“We wish him well for his future endeavours,” concluded Mr Davies.

For further information, please contact:
Brian Karlovsky, 0451 949 300.

About ASFA
ASFA is the peak policy, research and advocacy body for Australia’s superannuation industry. It is a not-for-profit, sector-neutral, and non-party political, national organisation. ASFA’s mission is to continuously improve the superannuation system, so all Australians can enjoy a comfortable and dignified retirement.

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