The former chief executive of Qantas Super has been appointed as the new chair of the Fund Executives Association Ltd (FEAL).
Jane Perry, who left Qantas Super in December 2015, will succeed Neil Cochrane as independent chair at the organisation’s national conference in August 2016.
Cochrane has held the position for the maximum six years which FEAL’s constitution allows.
Joanna Davison, chief executive of FEAL, said: “I am thrilled that I will be working with Jane. She brings broad experience to the role, and dedication. She brings her experience at JP Morgan as well as Qantas Super, so she has a really good balance.
“I would also say I have immensely enjoyed working with Neil for the past three years [that I have been chief executive].”
Outgoing chair, Neil Cochrane, said that it was a reflection of the important contribution FEAL makes to the industry that someone of Perry’s standing would accept the role of FEAL chair.
“Jane has worked at the most senior levels of superannuation for many years and her understanding of the industry is unparalleled.
“She is widely respected for her great skill and knowledge, and I feel certain that she will play a vital role at FEAL, supporting leaders in superannuation,” he said.
Perry has more than 25 years’ business experience, predominantly in financial services. After resigning from her position as chief executive of Qantas Super in December 2015 she was appointed as the director of the BT Financial Group Superannuation Boards in February 2016.
Prior to her role at Qantas she was chief executive of JP Morgan Treasury and Securities Services for Australia and New Zealand, and held senior positions at AXA and KPMG Management Consulting.
Perry said that she felt honoured to have been chosen as the next chair of FEAL, and thanked the outgoing chair for his work over the past six years.
“Neil has made a significant contribution not just to FEAL, but to the Australian superannuation industry as a whole, at a time when it has been subject to constant political and regulatory reform,” Perry said.
“He leaves a tremendous legacy, but at the same time I am really looking forward to working with CEO Joanna Davison and the other directors to further cement FEAL’s vital contribution.
“Superannuation remains in the spotlight, and change is constant, so it can be challenging for fund executives to stay ahead of the curve. FEAL’s education, networking and professional development initiatives play a crucial role in supporting our leaders and maintaining excellence in our industry,” she said.
FEAL currently has nine directors:
Neil Cochrane, chair
Debby Blakey, chief executive of HESTA
Michael Dwyer, chief executive of First State Super
David Elia, chief executive of HostPlus
Joe Farrugia, fund secretary, Catholic Super (deputy chair)
Julie Lander, chief executive of CARE Super
Robyn Petrou, chief executive of Energy Super
Leeanne Turner, chief executive of MTAA Super
Bruce Watson, former chief executive of Mine, Wealth & Wellbeing