Mary Delahunty was appointed the new chief executive officer of the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia, the not-for-profit research and advocacy body for the super industry, according to a Nov. 23 statement.
She starts in the role in February, succeeding Leeanne Turner, who has held the interim CEO position since October and will continue in the role until February.
Delahunty will lead ASFA's pipeline of consultation on "critical issues ahead" and the planning of a professional development program to "enhance skills and thought-leadership throughout the industry," said ASFA Chair Gary Dransfield in the statement.
"I am honored to join the talented ASFA team and look forward to contributing to the organization's ongoing success," Delahunty said in the statement.
"A strong peak body, combining deep technical research with the expertise of super funds and service providers, as ASFA uniquely does, plays a crucial role in progressing important conversations on matters such as the objective of super, the role of capital and enhancing member services," she said.
Delahunty has been the managing director of Seven Advisory, a consultancy that specializes in environmental, social and environmental strategies since founding the company last year. She was previously a senior manager and head of impact at the A$74 billion ($48.2 billion) HESTA, Melbourne, where she spent 10 years developing responsible investment practices and shaping strategies for the fund.
Delahunty confirmed that her new role with ASFA is a full-time position, but did not provide more information on whether she intends to continue leading Seven Advisory.