New COO for SPAA

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The SMSF Professionals’ Association of Australia has appointed a new chief operating officer.

Experienced executive manager Jacqui Murdoch has filled the role, effective immediately.

She will have administrative oversight of SPAA, which is fast approaching one million trustees and has more $500 billion in assets under management.

Murdoch established a management consultant company in 2006 which won global contracts with the London Olympics in 2012 and the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games in 2016.
She joins SPAA with 18 years’ experience in executive management, administration and international event management since working at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games in 1996.
Previous responsibilities also include vice president of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games and director of games delivery for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

SPAA CEO Andrea Slattery says the association is “very fortunate” to have someone of Murdoch’s experience join the team and become involved with member resources and engagement.

“Jacqui has an impressive track record as a senior executive, administrator and event manager, having participated at the highest level in managing major international sporting and political events in Australia and around the globe.

“All this experience will prove invaluable as SPAA prepares itself to meet the challenges that our superannuation sector will encounter in 2014 and beyond and the delivery of SPAA’s thought leadership programmes.”

Murdoch is also excited to join SPAA and says her goal to use the skills accumulated over the past 18 years to make sure the association is fully engaged with its members.

“The next 10 years will see the first generation of Australians who will have accumulated substantial assets under the Superannuation Guarantee.

“This will require additional skills, capabilities and competent professionals to advise and manage the increasing number of assets in pre-retirement and post-retirement phases and the unique nature of these assets and income streams.”