Robert Talevski, who oversaw $550 million in private equity investments at Telstra Super, left the $11 billion corporate superannuation fund last Thursday.

Hired by Telstra Super in April 2010 from investment consultancy JANA Investment Advisers, Talevski left the fund on Thursday 22 March without serving notice, say people familiar with the matter who requested anonymity.

Brian Jacobs, spokesman for the Melbourne-based fund, confirmed Talevski’s exit but would not explain why he left or say who now manages the fund’s private equity assets. Talevski did not respond to a voicemail message seeking comment.

As portfolio manager of global private markets investments, Talevski was responsible for about $550 million that Telstra Super invested with 19 private equity managers.

Previously, Talevski worked for three years as an investment consultant at JANA, which has provided investment advice to Telstra Super since early 2009.

Simon Mumme became a fnancial journalist through a stroke of luck. Upon graduating with a Master of Journalism from The University of Queensland in 2006, he set out to fnd a news organisation that would employ him as an overseas correspondent or business reporter. Or both, ideally. Conexus Financial hired the bright-eyed cadet, and in the ensuing years he wrote for all of its titles until being appointed editor of Investment Magazine in June 2010. Under his guidance, the magazine continues to dominate the Australian institutional investment media through its authoritative, insightful and engaging feature stories and analysis. Outside of work, Simon trains keenly in Muay Thai kickboxing, revels in the surf breaks fringing the Sydney coastline and reads as much high-quality journalism and non-fiction writing as he can. Committed to his role as a niche business reporter, Simon is aware that an overseas posting as a correspondent still eludes him. He hopes Conexus can help him with that career goal too.
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