AMP announces new board appointment

Andrea SlatteryAMP has appointed Andrea Slattery (pictured) to its board as a non-executive director, effective 15 February 2019.

Slattery has 26 years’ experience in financial services, superannuation and retirement including establishing and leading the SMSF Association.

In addition to her experience as a managing director and CEO, Andrea has served on high-profile board and advisory committees for listed companies and in the commercial, government and not-for-profit sectors.

Slattery is currently a non-executive director at Clean Energy Finance Corporation, Argo Global Listed Infrastructure and the South Australia Cricket Association.

Sunsuper reshapes executive team

Michael MulhollandSunsuper has announced changes to its executive team. The changes align with the fund’s strategy to increase its focus on a data-driven, digital-direct consumer strategy while maintaining the strong growth and momentum the fund has experienced in the corporate super, retail distribution and SME space.

The new structure marks the promotion of Petrina Weston, David Woodall, Danielle Mair and Stevhan Davidson to the executive leadership team. The new executive team structure will take effect from 1 March 2019.

One of the current executive team members, Michael Mulholland (pictured) has decided to leave Sunsuper after nearly five years with the fund to spend more time in Sydney with his family. CEO Scott Hartley, the executive team and the whole Sunsuper team wishes him well in his future endeavours. Mulholland will remain at Sunsuper until 15 March to ensure a smooth handover.

Changes to Qantas Super board

Qantas Super has announced that Anne Ward has decided to step down from the fund’s board at the end of May 2019 after 15 years of dedicated service, 14 of those as chair.

Qantas Super’s chief executive officer Michael Clancy thanked Ward for her unwavering commitment over the years, acknowledging her extensive experience in the financial services sector and as a professional company director. “She has guided Qantas Super through market cycles and substantial regulatory change to leave the fund in great shape for the future,” he said.

Qantas Super has also announced the appointment of two new company-appointed directors designate, John Atkin and Lorraine Berends. They will fill the vacancies left by Ward and former director, Paul Costello, who sadly passed away in November 2018.

LUCRF Super appoints new chair

Director Joseph (Joe) Di Leo has been appointed as chair of the LUCRF Super board, effective January 2019.

Di Leo joined the LUCRF Super board in March 2018 as an employer representative and brings with him extensive experience in multiple senior positions and industries.

He is a former managing director of Allied Mills Australia and has previous experience as chief operating officer of Graincorp Ltd and held a number of senior positions in the rail freight sector. He also brings with him board experience as a former non-executive director of the Port Kembla Port Corporation and Teys Australia. He is currently a non-executive director of Namoi Cotton Ltd.

LUCRF Super CEO Charlie Donnelly said Di Leo’s experience will be an asset to the organisation and a benefit to their members.

Statewide Super announce new CEO

Tony D’AlessandroStatewide Super has announced that Tony D’Alessandro (pictured) will be the new chief executive officer, effective 1 March 2019. D’Alessandro will replace Richard Nunn, who in January announced his appointment as CEO of MetLife Australia, resigning from Statewide Super after more than three years in the role.

D’Alessandro has significant experience in private banking, wealth management and administration, having held a broad range of senior executive management positions for CBA, St George Bank and Bank SA.

The chairman of Statewide Super, Ken Williams said: “Tony has been an integral member of the Statewide Super leadership team for the past three years. His natural ability to develop and inspire high performing teams and winning cultures, allows him to skilfully lead business progress at every opportunity.”

Incoming chief executive officer D’Alessandro said: “It is a privilege to be appointed to lead Statewide Super, as we continue to deliver exceptional outcomes for our member’s retirement income goals. No Australian should be deprived of the opportunity to live a dignified retirement, and this will be my key driver.”

AvSuper announces new chair

AvSuper has announced the appointment of Ben Firkins as the new chair, effective 1 February 2019, following the retirement of George Fishlock after 19 years of service to the fund.

“On behalf of the fund staff and members, we thank George for his dedicated service and leadership of the fund and the continuing focus on ‘members first,’” said Firkins.

Michelle Wade, AvSuper’s CEO said, “We welcome Ben’s election to the role of chair and are looking forward to his leadership of the fund. Ben’s experience in the aviation industry and in AvSuper make him ideal to lead our aviation based and member focused fund into the future.”

UniSuper announces new appointments

Penny HeardLou CaparrelliUniSuper has appointed Penny Heard (pictured, left) as portfolio manager in the global strategies and quantitative team, and Lou Caparrelli (pictured, right) to the position of manager, sustainable portfolios and governance.

Heard brings over 15 years’ experience to the role, joining from JCP Investment Partners where she was a senior portfolio manager and research analyst. Prior to this she held senior roles with Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Australia and Hong Kong.

Speaking of the appointment, UniSuper’s chief investment officer John Pearce said that “her appointment adds to the considerable talent we have been able to attract from other funds and investment banks over recent years, which has enabled us to expand the scope of our in-house management activities”.

Caparrelli is a member of UniSuper’s Australian equities team with extensive experience in the Australian market, including senior roles at Blackrock and Evans and Partners.

Pearce said: “ESG teams are typically staffed by people who do not have direct portfolio management responsibilities, so Lou’s appointment places us in a relatively unique position in the industry. His appointment is testament to how committed we are to factoring environmental, social, and governance considerations into the investment process.”