The Australian Council of Superannuation Investors (ACSI) today has announced the appointment of a new President and Deputy President.
HESTA CEO Debby Blakey has been named as ACSI’s President, and Michelle Gardiner, Trustee Director of Care Super, will take on the role of Deputy President, effective from August.
Ms Blakey and Ms Gardiner are already directors of ACSI and will replace Ian Silk, who is Chief Executive of AustralianSuper, as President and Antony Thow, who is Deputy CEO of LUCRF as Deputy President.
ACSI CEO Louise Davidson thanked Mr Silk and Mr Thow for their contributions over the past four years and their dedication to the work of ACSI.
“Ian’s leadership has been instrumental in elevating the focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues and good governance. I thank him for his guidance and support of ACSI and his huge contribution to the superannuation sector more broadly,” Ms Davidson said.
“We are delighted to have Debby Blakey and Michelle Gardiner take on these important roles for ACSI. Both have demonstrated a strong commitment to our work in seeking to improve the ESG
performance of listed companies.”
Mr Silk welcomed Ms Blakey to the role of President and Ms Gardiner to the role of Deputy President.
“Debby and Michelle are strong advocates of the importance of focusing on ESG issues. They will be excellent in their roles, working with the ACSI team on delivering outcomes in the best financial interests of millions of superfund members,” Mr Silk said.
Ms Blakey said she was excited to take on the role as ACSI President, given ACSI’s work in promoting ESG issues and the positive impact this has on long-term investment value.
“Managing ESG issues helps protect the retirement savings of superfund members into the future. Investors and companies must work together to tackle significant long-term investment risks, including climate change, corporate governance, and gender diversity,” Ms Blakey said.
For additional information please contact:
Manager, media and communications
P: 0409 869 986