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David Elia

David is one of Australia’s most experienced and recognised business leaders. In a career spanning more than 25 years, his singular vision has helped create businesses that deliver consistently excellent results and real stakeholder value.

His wide ranging experience includes senior roles in superannuation, finance, marketing, corporate and fund governance, taxation, risk management, audit, corporate/strategic planning and implementation.

David’s leadership has been recognised with numerous industry awards including the Australian Financial Review Boss Magazine True Leader Award and the Funds Executives Association, Fund Executive of the Year Award. He is especially interested in what makes organisations tick – from creating an innovative culture to leadership values, strategy and teamwork at all levels.

He takes a leading role as a Director of the men’s health, not-for-profit charity, The E.J.Whitten Foundation and he is passionate about furthering the charity’s vision of increasing awareness of prostate cancer in men and raising funds for research. His role as a Director of the Fund Executive Association is testament to his dedication to the professional development of leaders in the super industry.

A chartered accountant, David also holds a Bachelor of Economics from La Trobe University and Post Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investments from the Financial Services Institute of Australia. He's a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Role & responsibility

  • Chief Executive Officer; and
  • Company Secretary*

Year of appointment

  • 2003

Qualifications and memberships

  • Bachelor of Economics, La Trobe University, May 1991
  • Professional Year (PY), Institute of Chartered Accounts, November 1995
  • Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investments, FINSIA, April 2005
  • Building and Sustaining Competitive Advantage, Harvard Business School, June 2006
  • Graduate Diploma – Company Directors Course, Australian Institute of Company Directors, October 2010
  • Member of Chartered Accountants in Australia, November 1995
  • Fellow of Financial Services Institute of Australia, July 2002
  • Fellow of Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA), February 2012
  • Fellow of Australian Institute of Management, August 2012
  • Member Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST)
  • Member Fund Executives Association Limited (FEAL)


More than 25 years in senior positions in superannuation, finance, marketing, corporate and fund governance, taxation, risk management, audit, corporate and strategic planning and implementation

Other Directorships / appointments are detailed in the Relevant interests and relevant duties register.

*Effective 28 June 2002

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