Christian Super exec joins Aware Super

Emma Jonceski
Aware Super - Strategy Manager
Aware Super
Date: 24 January 2023
Position: Strategy Manager
By Elizabeth Fry

Aware Super has confirmed the appointment of Emma Jonceski as strategy manager in its member growth division.

Reporting to the senior manager of strategy and capability Jess Ellerm, Jonceski is responsible for developing and refining strategies to deliver on member growth objectives.

She joins from Christian Super where she served as head of strategy and was a member of the executive team.

During her 13 years with the superannuation fund, Jonsceski worked in a number of roles starting as an investment analyst and moving through to business strategy.

She is one of an eight-person leadership team who left Christian Super following the superannuation fund's merger with Australian Ethical.

Only two people from the Christian Super leadership team continued on with Australia Ethical. One is chief executive Ross Piper who was hired as head of super.

Nathan Buttigieg was appointed to the newly created role of head of transformation at NGS Super and Elise Hill has joined Cambooya as head of people and culture.

Jonceski's appointment leaves three members of the leadership team who haven't yet gone elsewhere, including chief member experience officer, Astrid Dare.

They are Alex Mok who was Christian Super's   finance head and David Stuart who is understood to have retired.

Meantime, Aware Super has hired Leo Yang as an associate portfolio manager, credit income.

In his new role, Yang is responsible for supporting the further growth of Aware Super's direct lending program, management of external managers and contributing to global allocation decisions.

He joins from ANZ's leveraged finance team where, as a director, he led the origination and execution of leveraged finance transactions.

"Our credit income strategy at Aware Super runs the full spectrum of loan formats, risk profiles and sectors and we're increasing capital flows into the direct lending portfolio here in Australia and New Zealand," said Mike Cowell, manager of credit income credit.

"With over a decade of experience, Leo will bring to the table a proven track record of executing leveraged finance transactions that will empower us to further drive and deliver strong risk-adjusted returns for our members."

Aware Super's credit income team manages a portfolio of over $6.5 billion invested across global credit markets, including leveraged and acquisition finance, corporate, real estate, infrastructure and securitised markets.