HESTA director and former Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees president David Smith is being remembered as an inspirational leader.
Smith, who was also general secretary of the Australian Services Union, passed away suddenly on November 22.
He joined the HESTA board in January 2018 and served as president of the AIST before stepping down in April 2018.
Smith had over 25 years' experience in the super industry and had previously served on the board of Energy Super.
HESTA chief executive Debby Blakey extended her condolences and said everyone at HESTA was shocked and saddened by the news.
"The HESTA team was profoundly saddened to learn of David's sudden passing and we want to extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends at this incredibly difficult time," Blakey said.
"David was an inspirational leader and advocate for both HESTA and ASU members and we feel incredibly privileged to have had the opportunity to work together to help deliver better outcomes for our members."
Smith also served on the fund's investment committee.
"David brought to the HESTA board a deep knowledge of the community services sector and experience drawn from more than 25 years passionately defending and advancing the rights of working Australians. He also had a broad knowledge and understanding of the superannuation industry, he will be deeply missed by all of us at HESTA," Blakey said.
HESTA chair Nicola Roxon agreed that Smith had made an exceptional contribution since joining HESTA.
"David's passing is deeply saddening to all of his colleagues on the HESTA board who greatly valued his wise and insightful counsel and guidance, which will be truly missed," Roxon said.
"David was widely recognised both in the superannuation industry and in the union movement as a passionate representative of working people. David shared a deep sense of social justice and commitment to working towards a fairer and more equitable Australia."