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Deanne Stewart

Chief Executive Officer

Deanne Stewart joined First State Super as Chief Executive Officer in 2018.

As one of Australia’s largest super funds, Deanne has led First State Super’s drive to be a ‘Force for Good’ through its responsible investment philosophy and focus on providing its members with the best guidance and advice for retirement.

In the past 12 months Deanne has led the integration of First State Super’s financial planning business StatePlus and merger discussions with Victorian public-sector fund VicSuper.

An experienced financial services industry leader, Deanne is passionate in her belief that a strong culture and clearly defined purpose drives business success. 

Before joining First State Super, Deanne was Chief Executive Officer of MetLife Australia, leading her team to deliver faster, easier and a more caring insurance experience. Before this she held senior roles within BT Financial Group including as General Manager for Superannuation, Marketing and Direct Channels. 

Deanne has more than 25 years’ leadership experience in financial services in superannuation, wealth and insurance sectors in Australia and internationally. This includes time as Managing Director with Merrill Lynch Investment management in New York, and as an Engagement Manager with McKinsey and Company in London.    

 Deanne is a graduate from the University of NSW with a degree in Commerce (Finance and Marketing).  Deanne also holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management in the United States as a Fulbright Scholar. 

Qualifications / Education
  • Majors graduate from the University of NSW
    with a degree in Commerce (Finance and Marketing).
  • MBA from the Yale University, School of Management in the United States as a Fulbright Scholar. 
Current Roles
  • Director, Association of Super Funds of Australia (ASFA)
Memberships
  • Member, Chief Executive Women Ltd
  • Member, Australian Institute of Company Directors