The Fund Executives Association (FEAL), provider of professional development and education for fund executives, has announced the appointment of Deanne Stewart and Lisa Samuels to its board of directors.
Stewart was director of the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA) and had been chief executive of Aware Super since 2018. During her leadership, Aware Super had completed three mergers, undergone a rebrand and assets had grown from $71 billion to $155 billion.
Samuels was HESTA’s chief experience officer with responsibility for strategy, brand, marketing, customer and employee experience, insights and people and culture. She had also been a member of the FEAL Program Committee since 2018 and had completed the FEAL Masters of Organisational Leadership.
Jane Perry, chair of FEAL, welcomed the new directors and thanked former Spirit Super chief executive, Leeanne Turner, for her contribution as a director since 2015 after she stepped down from the FEAL board in March.
“Deanne and Lisa were approached to join the Board on the basis of their extensive experience and track record in the super and investment space. This depth of experience will see them make a valuable contribution to FEAL and to our professional development and education initiatives,” Perry said.
“Through the COVID-19 pandemic, superannuation has remained central to the financial resilience of many Australians, and an important part of the national agenda.
“Similarly, in this period of unprecedented change, FEAL has remained important to the executives who serve superannuation fund members. The new directors join us to continue to provide professional development and ongoing education that is high quality and easy to access, wherever and however our members may be working.”