Rest Super hires new responsible investment manager

Kim Martina
Retail Employees Superannuation Trust - Manager, Responsible Investment
Retail Employees Superannuation Trust
Date: 15 October 2021
Position: Manager, Responsible Investment
By Elizabeth Fry

Rest Super, which manages the savings of 1.8 million young Australians in the retail and hospitality industry, has appointed Kim Martina as a responsible investment manager.

Martina joins the $60 billion from Cbus Super where he worked as a senior analyst for a year and a half.

Before that, he worked at ANZ helping the bank develop sustainable finance initiatives.

During his 12 year stint with the lender, Martina took on several senior roles, including regional business banking head and director of business management for international and institutional banking.

Martina has also held several roles at the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, first joining as a graduate trainee in early 2000.

During his seven years with DFAT, Martina completed two diplomatic postings in Spain and China.

Commenting on the appointment, Rest said responsible investing is a key focus for the fund as it looks to deliver on commitments to achieving a net-zero carbon footprint by 2050.

"We continue to strengthen the internal expertise in this space, as we focus on accelerating our growth in low carbon economy aligned assets across the portfolio, while also delivering on strong and competitive returns for members.

"With deep and extensive experience in sustainable finance and ESG, the appointment of Kim Martina as manager, responsible investments will support the further enhancement of Rest's approach to active ownership.

"This aims to strengthen Rest's position as an RIAA 2021 responsible investment leader."