KPMG announces transaction services partner

KPMG has announced the appointment of Samantha Brewer as a transaction services partner, part of the deals, tax and legal division. Brewer will lead and maintain a number of client relationships for KPMG with domestic superannuation funds and alternative capital markets, along with assisting the delivery of transactions services in the business. She joins the firm having been with Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA) since 2006.

Angus Wilson, national lead partner, transaction, valuations and deals tax, KPMG, said: ‘We are pleased to have Samantha on board. Her experience will be a great addition to the team, which continues to enjoy significant deal activity, which Samantha will be able to help clients with.”

AMP announces additions to wealth solutions leadership team

John KeatingShaune EganAMP has appointed John Keating (pictured, left) and Shaune Egan (pictured, right) to key leadership roles in its wealth solutions and customer team.

Keating, who was previously AMP’s head of platform products, has commenced as head of wealth distribution, southern region, reporting to Nicole Mahan, AMP’s director of wealth distribution.

Egan will commence at AMP as head of platform development on 19 November 2018, reporting to Rod Finch, AMP’s director, superannuation, retirement and investments. He joins AMP from MLC, where he led the wrap platform and managed account business.

Nicola Roxon announced as new HESTA independent chair

HESTA has announced that the Hon Nicola Roxon will become its new independent chair when Angela Emslie steps down from the position at the end of her term on 31 December 2018.

The HESTA board welcomed Roxon, acknowledging the unique insights, skills and experience she would bring to the fund and a deep understanding of the health and community services sector.

Hostplus appoints deputy CIO

Greg ClerkHostplus has announced the internal appointment of Greg Clerk as deputy chief investment officer. This follows two years as Hostplus’ head of investment strategy and 14 years prior advising the industry fund through its asset consultant, JANA.

Hostplus CIO Sam Sicilia said the fund was delighted to promote Clerk who will deepen his involvement in developing Hostplus’ $37 billion investment strategy, portfolio construction, asset allocation and other key investment-related decisions.

VicSuper announces new appointments

Martin VassalloJo McKennarieyVicSuper has announced the appointments of Martin Vassallo (pictured, left) as chief risk officer, and Jo McKennariey (pictured, right) as executive manager, people experience.

In his newly created role, Vassallo leads the risk and compliance teams and oversees the development and deployment of risk and compliance frameworks, reporting and governance to support VicSuper’s strategic objectives. Vassallo has over 30 years’ experience in financial services, risk management, compliance and information security, having previously served as general manager, operational risk & compliance for NAB business banking. More recently, Vassallo held positions as chief risk officer at Tandem Corporation and Asia Pacific chief risk officer for FIS Global.

Jo McKennariey joined VicSuper as executive manager, people experience in late October. She has held a range of executive roles, most recently with Blue Sky Alternate Investments as interim chief people officer and corporate affairs director.

“Martin and Jo’s depth of skills and experience significantly strengthens our existing executive team and enhances our capacity to deliver great outcomes for our members,” CEO Michael Dundon said.

Catholic Super announces new executive structure

Catholic Super has announced the departure of CEO Frank Pegan following changes to their leadership team.

Catholic Super board chair Danny Casey said that Pegan had overseen a period of extraordinary growth at the fund, delivering strong and consistent investment performance for Catholic Super members.

Under the new leadership structure, David O’Sullivan, chief risk officer, will be acting CEO and will lead the executive team.

“It’s a time of change on many levels for Catholic Super. We are grateful for all that Mr Pegan has achieved, for the many members he has helped and for the extraordinary legacy he leaves at Catholic Super,” Casey said.

Tasplan recruits former CBUS CIO to board

Trish DonohueTasplan has announced the appointment of Trish Donohue as a non-executive director of Tasplan, effective 1 January 2019. Donohue is a skills based appointment, achieved via a nomination of the Local Government Association of Tasmania and her appointment reflects Tasplan’s focus on ensuring there continues to be an appropriate skills mix on the board.

Donoghue has spent 18 years at CBUS and was awarded joint Conexus Chief Investment Officer of the Year in 2017. Currently she is a director of the Infrastructure Victoria Audit and Risk Committee, she has extensive not-for-profit and government related board and committee experience. She holds a Bachelor of Science (Mathematics Major) from Melbourne University and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and an Associate Actuary of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia. Naomi Edwards, chair of the Tasplan board said they were very excited to welcome Donoghue to the Tasplan team.