ian Martin

Governance

The incrementalist executive – Kevin O’Sullivan

The timing of Kevin O’Sullivan’s appointment is auspicious. A technocrat, an actuary and a maintainer of outsourced schemes at Russell Investments, he has arrived after most of the work around Stronger Super had been put in place at UniSuper. Well placed to do the assessments around product development, he would appear to be chosen for […]
Investment Strategy

Unisuper to explore DC plus

UniSuper is considering a new type of accumulation fund that sits in between defined contribution and defined benefit. Any such fund would be offered as a choice to members, at its own cost, alongside its current accumulation fund. The option is to be discussed at a strategy meeting in February, based on a proposal based […]
Hedge Funds

UniSuper: in defiance of accepted thinking

Mention any asset class to John Pearce and he will doggedly set out the good and bad thinking around it. A common source of his ire is the sight of investors herding around a belief based on a lack of rigorous thinking. Good practice for him involves standing up to accepted thinking or at the […]
Hedge Funds

Stronger Super distracts boards

Complying with Stronger Super regulations is a distraction from the more important task of maximising returns, superannuation chief executives have said in a candid discussion with State Street Corporation. The thoughts of chief executives of several major superannuation funds, including QSuper, REST Industry Super, Sunsuper, CareSuper and UniSuper, were gathered at a round table discussion conducted […]
Investment Strategy

State Street custody juggernaut rolls on

In 2009 Ian Martin was put in charge of State Street custody business. The Boston-based firm wasn’t happy with the way that business was performing in Australia. Three years later in the “Balmoral” conference room at State Street’s Sydney offices on George Street, Martin and his head of sales Greg O’Sullivan can barely contain their […]