Eva Scheerlinck appointed as new AIST CEO, after extensive search

Eva Scheerlinck has been appointed as the new CEO of the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST), effective immediately.

Ms Scheerlinck has been acting CEO of AIST since Tom Garcia left to take up a position with AustralianSuper.

Mr Garcia announced his resignation in December 2016, but left the organisation on March 10. The announcement by AIST says there was an “extensive search” for a new CEO.

“Ms Scheerlinck headed up AIST’s governance and stewardship department for the past six years, and most recently led the development of a new governance code (or code of practice) for AIST profit-to-member funds, which is set to take effect from July 1, this year. She has also been pivotal in driving industry-wide initiatives to improve outcomes for Indigenous Australians, having been the inaugural chair of the Indigenous Superannuation Working Group.”

AIST President David Smith said Ms Scheerlinck had a deep appreciation of the challenges and opportunities facing the superannuation sector and her appointment would ensure that AIST continues to be a strong and influential advocate for members.

“Eva is highly-respected across the superannuation industry and beyond for her significant contribution to key policy and governance debates, including her dedication to improving retirement outcomes for low-income earners and disadvantaged groups – such as Indigenous Australians,” Mr Smith said.

Ms Scheerlinck said she was excited to be leading AIST.

“The year is shaping up to be busy and significant one for AIST, with the launch of our governance code, our ongoing work and ensure smooth implementation of the new super tax changes and, most importantly, our advocacy on default fund selection to ensure that our compulsory super system continues to offer the highest level of consumer protection,” Ms Scheerlinck said.

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