New CEO for Christian Super
Christian Super has announced the appointment of Ross Piper as its new CEO, effective early 2018.
Piper has over 25 years’ experience in leadership and management roles across the finance and not-for profit sectors and is currently the chief operating officer of World Vision Australia.
His previous roles also include head of corporate risk at Macquarie Group and senior director of operations, Middle East and Eastern Europe at World Vision International, where he was closely engaged with a number of peer microfinance programs.
Commenting on his appointment at Christian Super, chair, Neville Cox, said: “Ross brings a wealth of strategic and operational experience across multiple sectors. His expertise and skills will be invaluable to Christian Super as we continue to grow. It is with great pleasure that the Board looks forward to his leadership as Christian Super continues to pursue its vision.”
Piper added: “Christian Super has a long track record of operating with clear purpose and intentional impact within the superannuation space. I’m looking forward to joining the team and leading Christian Super as it continues to grow strategically, and I’m thankful for the opportunity to join an organisation demonstrating purpose and impact in its industry.”
Piper will replace former CEO Peter Murphy, who left the role in April this year. Christian Super's CIO, Tim Macready, has been acting in the role of CEO since Murphy's departure.
"Leading with both head and heart": Q&A with Christian Super's new CEO
- What was the impetus to join Christian Super?
I’ve been a fan of Christian Super for some time, and my own values and faith are closely aligned with the values and impact focus of Christian Super. As someone who has worked across the commercial/not-for-profit divide throughout my career, I believe there is a compelling opportunity to more effectively leverage capital markets for positive social and developmental impact around the world, and Christian Super’s focus on impact investing space was a strong motivating factor for me. It’s also great to come on board and lead an organisation with a track record of strong performance and impact, but with significant scope for growth.
- What are your long and short-term plans for this role?
In the short term, the immediate focus is getting to know the team, the organisation and the sector. Reviewing strategy, operational performance, team capabilities, culture and current focus areas/initiatives are obviously all important elements of starting in a new role. Likewise, to commence engaging with key partners, sponsors and external stakeholders will be an initial focus.
I look forward to engaging with peers across the sector over coming months at various industry gatherings. In the longer term the primary question is how we can continue to grow well and serve our existing members with excellence. It’s critical that we are building the right organisational capabilities, culture, systems and processes to enable scaleable growth. Digital will be an important focus for us, and there is a significant opportunity to grow our work and influence in the impact investing space. I’m excited by the opportunity to lead Christian Super for the coming season.
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