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Australian Retirement Trust appoints industry veteran to Chief of Retirement

Media release - 21 June 2023

Australian Retirement Trust (ART), one of Australia’s largest superannuation funds, has announced the appointment of industry veteran Kathy Vincent as Chief of Retirement.

Following a global search, Kathy will join ART in the newly created role completing the Fund’s new executive structure announced in March, to best position the Fund to deliver on its vision to be Australia's most chosen and trusted retirement partner.

Kathy brings more than 30 years’ experience in the finance industry across a variety of product, strategy and advice executive roles. Kathy spent more than 18 years at Macquarie Group, and has also held senior roles at MLC, National Australia Bank and most recently BT as the Chief Strategy and Product Officer.

As Chief of Retirement, Kathy will focus on the execution of ART’s retirement strategy, providing strategic leadership and guidance across all elements of the Fund’s retirement offering, including product, service model and advice.

ART Chief Executive Officer Bernard Reilly said creating the dedicated retirement function and Kathy’s appointment in the Chief of Retirement role is critical to the Fund’s ongoing delivery of market leading support to its members up to and through retirement.

“At Australian Retirement Trust, we see the purpose of super as creating a retirement income stream along with other retirement benefits for the 16 million working Australians, that’s why retirement is in our name,” said Mr Reilly.

“We are facing into a pivotal time for the superannuation industry, with increasingly more Australians shifting from accumulation into the retirement phase over the coming years and we want to support our 2.2 million members across Australia to retire well with confidence.

“Kathy’s experience and knowledge of product, strategy and financial advice will be a valuable asset to Australian Retirement Trust and our members.”

Kathy added: “Given the growing needs in this space, it’s a really exciting time to be focussed on supporting Australians up to and through their retirement, and I’m thrilled to join Australian Retirement Trust.

“Australian Retirement Trust has an ambitious vision and through its retirement income strategy, a solid foundation to support members in retirement. I’m looking forward to joining a profit-for-member fund and supporting members through all stages of their superannuation journey.

“It’s important that we deliver and continue to shape that strategy as the fund grows across all demographics, and I’m excited to work alongside Australian Retirement Trust’s experienced executive team in service of our 2.2 million members.”

Kathy will commence in the role in December 2023.