The shortlist for the chief investment officer of the year has been released in advance of the Conexus Financial Superannuation Awards at Palladium at Crown, Melbourne, on March 3, 2016.

Long-term performance (5 years) formed the majority of the weighting, with leadership, contribution to industry, complexity of fund, managing an internal team, ability to run an investment business and ability to implement strategy also factored into the selection committee’s decision.


The shortlist in alphabetical order of super fund is:

Cbus – Kristian Fok and Trish Donohue

First State Super – Richard Brandweiner

Kinetic – Paul Kessell


The selection committee was chosen for its broad range of stakeholders, with consumer groups, industry knowledge and industry analysts all represented.


The members of the selection committee were:

  • Nick Sherry – committee chair

Chairman, FNZ; former Minister for Superannuation and Corporate Law; former Senator for Tasmania

  • Tom Garcia

Chief executive, Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees

  • Alan Kirkland

Chief executive officer, CHOICE

  • Sally Loane

Chief executive officer, Financial Services Council

  • Michael Rice

Chief executive officer, Rice Warner

  • The Hon Bernie Ripoll MP

Federal Member for Oxley; former Shadow Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation; former chair of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services

  • Colin Tate

Chief executive, Conexus Financial


The winners of the Conexus Financial Superannuation Awards 2016 will be unveiled at a special black-tie event at Palladium at Crown, Melbourne, on March 3, 2016, which is being sponsored by AIA and Vanguard. You can purchase tables of ten or single tickets by clicking here.

Conexus Financial has drawn on its extensive contacts and resources to involve an esteemed list if VIPs to present the awards and further honour the important contribution the superannuation sector makes to Australian society and the economy.


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