AustralianSuper appoints group executives

The $170 billion superannuation fund has announced two group executive appointments to newly created roles.

Paul Schroder is taking the role of AustralianSuper's chief risk officer.

He was most recently the group executive, strategy brand and reputation and led the fund's response to the royal commission. He started with the fund in 2007 when he was appointed its general manager of business development when he was the Finance Sector Union's national secretary.

Peter Curtis has been appointed group executive, finance and operations.

"The role incorporates his previous responsibilities and a number of group functions following the retirement of Tony Cavanagh after a more than 30-year career in finance, 12 of them with AustralianSuper," the fund said.

Schroder's role will be filled by Sarah Burley, currently head of group strategy as the interim appointment.

AustralianSuper chief executive Ian Silk said: "AustralianSuper is committed to continuing to generate strong performance for members and these appointments will ensure we can deliver on our mission of helping members achieve their best possible retirement outcome."

"The fund is extremely fortunate to have such strong internal candidates to fill executive roles as they become available.

"Paul, Sarah and Peter have extensive experience in financial services and are well placed to help lead the organisation while always ensuring members' best interests are placed at the centre of our decision making and actions."

Last month, the fund appointed Don Russell as independent chair, succeeding Heather Ridout who had held the role since 2013.

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