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AustralianSuper appoints duo to new senior roles

By Hui Ching-hoo   
November 15, 2022

AustralianSuper has appointed Shawn Blackmore as chief officer for retirement and Rose Kerlin as chief member officer, positions newly created to help the fund deliver on its 2030 strategy of ensuring that members achieve a financially sound retirement.

Australia’s biggest superannuation fund announced the appointments in a statement on November 10.

Blackmore joined the fund in 2013 and is currently group executive member for experience and advice. He will take on his new role on December 1.

Kerlin, who has worked at AustralianSuper since 2016, is currently group executive for membership and brand. The statement does not give an effective date for her new role.

“The two appointments were part of a broader review of executive accountabilities, designed to ensure the fund is well positioned to deliver on its ambitious 2030 strategy,” Chief Executive Officer Paul Schroder says. “With over 900,000 members over the age of 50, AustralianSuper members are counting on us to ensure we are there for them before retirement, in the transition to retirement, and also in retirement.”

According to the fund’s 2021 annual report, the 2030 strategy is “centred around delivering on our purpose to help members achieve their best financial position in retirement”.

Melbourne-based AustralianSuper has around A$263 billion (US$175.73 billion) of assets under management.