16 April 2019
UniSuper, the $70+ billion super fund for Australia’s higher education and research sector, has undertaken a review of its organisational structure to ensure it remains in the best position possible to respond to the changing competitive landscape and regulatory environment.
Several changes to the executive leadership team, including three newly created roles, will help to promote organisation-wide strategic alignment in how the business delivers great value to members through competitive returns, low fees and excellent service.
Commenting on the changes, CEO Kevin O’Sullivan said: “Given the abundance of change occurring within both the super and the higher education sectors, our new structure will better enable UniSuper to deliver the best possible retirement outcomes for our members. Our members’ best interests are at the heart of everything we do and this has been the key driver for making these changes”.
Anna Leibel, who has been leading the fund’s technology division since March 2017, has been appointed to a new role, Chief Technology & Delivery Officer, which will bring together an end-to-end back office function incorporating technology, program management and fund operations.
The roles of Chief Commercial Officer, responsible for fund strategy, product and marketing, and Chief Operating Officer, responsible for risk and governance, legal and finance have also been created and the fund is in the process of recruiting for these positions. Chief Investment Officer John Pearce remains in his role, as do Julie Watkins (People), Jack McCartney (Advice), and Lee Scales (Chief Customer Officer).
Tim Anderson, Executive Manager - Marketing & Product and Nick Drohan, Executive Manager - Program Management will be departing the fund in May.
"Tim and Nick have made exceptional contributions to the fund’s enviable position. I am enormously grateful for Tim’s work over the last eight years building our strong brand, award-winning product suite and digital strategy. And Nick has been instrumental in transforming the way we govern and manage our busy and complex project pipeline. I wish Tim and Nick all the best for the future and thank them for their significant support and contribution to our success," said Kevin.
The new structure becomes effective during May.
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Note to editors
UniSuper is one of Australia’s largest superannuation funds, and is run solely for the benefit of its members. For more than 35 years, UniSuper has been managing super for people employed in the higher education and research sector. UniSuper currently invests around $85 billion on behalf of approximately 450,000 members.