The new head of business development will oversee the implementation of the fund’s growth strategy to increase scale and drive down costs for members.
Matt Willis joins First State Super from Vanguard, where he was head of institutional.
“I have always wanted to work for organisations that have clear purpose and are driven to do the right thing by investors and members,” Mr Willis said.
“First State Super has been an organisation that I have long admired and I am excited to be joining a fund that is committed to delivering the best outcome to members in super, retirement and advice.”
The appointment comes as First State announces plans to merge with WA Super and moves ahead with its merger with VicSuper.
“To achieve our strategic goals we need to drive organic growth with well-defined propositions for our members and employers,” said Peter Chun, group executive member growth.
“We need to leverage our digital capability to deliver seamless service experiences and build our brand and profile within the community. Matt’s insight and leadership will be instrumental in helping us oversee our most important business relationships and support our ambitious growth targets into the future.”
Mr Willis has previously worked for Skandia as a business development manager, as well as Mellon Funds Management and Goldman Sachs.