Industry fund appoints advice GM

An $8.6 billion industry fund has appointed a general manager, distribution and advice as a part of key internal appointments under its new chief executive.

Statewide Super said its new chief executive Tony D'Alessandro, appointed on March 1, has made changes to the organisational structure to meet regulatory changes and to best service its members.

Moving up to the role of general manager, distribution and advice is Lisa Palmer who was formerly the head of financial planning at the fund.

Palmer will now be responsible for business development, defined benefit, financial planning, insurance and claims, product and accredited financial advisers.

"Lisa has more than 15 years' experience in financial services and understands the importance of assisting members to feel confident in their financial wellbeing, Lisa has proven her ability to make a real difference to the financial future of our members," D'Alessandro said.

In another promotion, former head of marketing Nicole Kinnear will now be the general manager, marketing and member engagement.

Kinnear will be responsible for inbound and outbound contact centre and member service centre, in addition to marketing and public affairs.

"During Nicole's first year in 2016, we saw an increase of prompted brand awareness of more than 60%. Nicole has subsequently played an integral role in positioning Statewide Super as one of the leading superannuation brands in the country," D'Alessandro said.

Kristyn Verrall will now have oversight of organisational strategy, in addition to her previous responsibilities of general counsel and company secretary.

"Kristyn was the obvious choice to oversee the strategy of the 147,000 member strong fund. Her 10 years' legal experience and 15 years' experience in the financial services industry places her with the exceptional problem solving skills required to pave the way in a changing super climate," D'Alessandro said.

Read more: Statewide SuperKristyn VerrallLisa PalmerNicole KinnearTony D'Alessandro
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