The chief executive of UniSuper, Kevin O’Sullivan, has been named as the Fund Executive Association Limited (FEAL) Executive of the year for 2020 at a dinner attended by 60 industry guests in Sydney and livestreamed to FEAL members around the country.

The annual award, which is in its 19th year, recognises fund executives who have distinguished themselves via their efforts to bolster their fund and the superannuation industry.  O’Sullivan was given the nod for his contribution in areas including digital innovation, corporate strategy and his leadership during a year that has challenged every fund executive in the industry.

The CEO has been chief executive officer at UniSuper since mid-2013, with the fund now managing more than $80 billion on behalf of 450,000 members. O’Sullivan has more than 30 years’ experience in financial services and is a vocal advocate of the superannuation industry.

“Kevin’s outstanding leadership of UniSuper and his contribution to the industry over many decades makes him the perfect recipient for this award,” said Jane Perry, FEAL chair. “His passion for digital innovation in particular has helped UniSuper’s members become more engaged with their superannuation and goals for retirement.”

Joanna Davison, FEAL Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are delighted to announce Kevin as the 2020 Fund Executive of the Year. His dedication to providing the best possible service to members at UniSuper whilst contributing to positive changes in the superannuation industry more broadly is outstanding.”

The recipient of the Fund Executive of the Year Award receives an education grant of $25,000 funded from FEAL reserves. The education grant has enabled previous award recipients to attend executive education programs at world renowned business schools including Harvard, IMD, INSEAD, London Business School and Wharton.

Nominees are judged on innovation, leadership, exceeding expectations, demonstrated strategic planning and contribution to the market place.

Tahn Sharpe is a Sydney-based financial services journalist with a background in financial planning. He writes on advice, superannuation, investment, banking and insurance issues, is a certified SMSF Adviser and holds an Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning.
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