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Australian Retirement Trust announces changes to leadership team, including creation of Chief of Retirement role

Media release - 2 Mar 2023

Australian Retirement Trust (ART) has today announced changes to its executive structure to best position the $240 billion fund to deliver on its vision to be Australia's most chosen and trusted retirement partner.

As part of the changes, there will be a newly created Chief of Retirement role to focus on the execution of ART’s retirement strategy and provide strategic leadership and guidance in the provision of all elements of the retirement offer, including product, investments, service model and advice.

Commenting on the changes, Chief Executive Officer Bernard Reilly said: “As we approach our one-year anniversary as Australian Retirement Trust, the time was right to consider our executive structure, ensuring we’re best placed to manage our expected growth and deliver on our commitment to our 2.2 million members.

“We believe our operating model will ensure we are providing market leading support for our members up to and through retirement. This is an important step as we strive to empower our members to retire well with confidence.

“Our vision is to be Australia’s most chosen and trusted retirement partner, and we believe this structure will align our business to deliver on this and set us up for continued success into the future.”

The executive team:

Chief Executive Officer – Bernard Reilly
Chief Commercial Officer – Dave Woodall
Chief Financial Officer – Anthony Rose
Chief Investment Officer – Ian Patrick
Chief People Officer – Helen Jackson
Chief Risk Officer – Anne Browne
Chief Strategy Officer – Stevhan Davidson
Chief Technology Officer – Rod Greenaway
Chief Member Officer – vacant
Chief Retirement Officer – vacant

Teifi Whatley, Chief Strategy Officer, will retire at the end of March after more than 20 years at Australian Retirement Trust and previously Sunsuper in roles spanning brand, marketing, technology and strategy.

Karin Muller, Chief Member Officer, has decided to pursue opportunities outside of the fund and will stay on with ART until the end of March. Karin joined QSuper in 2015 and has held roles across information technology, transformation and member services.

Teifi and Karin played a significant role in delivering our merger and our first year as ART. Their hard work, commitment and unwavering dedication to our members will leave a lasting legacy.” said Mr Reilly.

The new structure is effective from 1 March and recruitment for the two vacant roles of Chief of Retirement and Chief Member Officer is underway.