CEO search update
Organisational Statement from Chair Kirsten Mander
I am pleased to provide members with this brief update on progress being made in the search for our new Chief Executive following the departure of Andrew Proebstl in November 2022.
Working with global executive search company, Odgers Berndtson, the Board sub-committee established specifically for this important task has been profoundly impressed with both the level of interest in the position and importantly, the high calibre and diversity of applicants.
I note two very important themes coming through from many of our applicants being firstly, their genuine interest in legalsuper’s specialisation as the super fund for Australia’s legal community – and the associated clarity of purpose this specialisation provides – and secondly, their recognition of our high-performance, collegiate and member-centric culture.
This means we offer highly efficient and effective decision-making processes, a ‘make-it happen’ mindset, absence of bureaucracy and demonstrable opportunities for our people to innovate and deliver strategic business outcomes and highly personalised member experiences, informed by deeper insights into the expectations of a niche market.
The Board’s sub-committee is currently assessing a short-list of high-calibre applicants with a view to continuing to progress our recruitment process and finalising our decision for Board approval. This is an exciting time for legalsuper and I look forward to introducing our new Chief Executive to all our members and partners in due course.
In the interim, as I advised members at our Annual Members’ Meeting late last year, we are well-placed with our Chief Operating Officer, Trevin Erichsen, occupying the role of Interim Chief Executive, having joined us earlier in 2022 from the Australian Retirement Trust (one of Australia’s largest industry super funds) where he worked for over 10 years.