Maryann Mannix-White, AIST’s chief membership officer, is leaving the organisation having held a variety of senior executive roles, including the general manager role, for more than 15 years. She will leave on October 7 and is looking forward to a holiday before deciding on her next adventure.
During her time at AIST, Maryann drove the expansion of AIST’s professional development program, which now includes global conferences and international study tours involving speakers from around the world and a global pension day for Australian and overseas-based pension funds. She successfully redesigned AIST’s ‘SuperGrad’ internship program, which now runs annually, and developed the organisation’s industry partnership program. She has been introduced to the ‘SuperGrads’ in the past as “the Fairy Godmother of Super” – perhaps not a title she will cherish as much as other memories of her time at AIST.
Most recently, in response to the COVID pandemic, Mannix-White oversaw the digital transformation and delivery of the suite of AIST’s education and events offerings, including the organisation’s biggest conference, CMSF. She has worked on 16 CMSFs, including this year’s virtual one spread over three weeks, 15 Australian Superannuation Investment conferences, seven Global Dialogues and many other smaller events.
Eva Scheerlinck, AIST’s chief executive, said Maryann had made an outstanding contribution to the performance and success of the AIST during her tenure with the organisation. She said: “Driven by vision and dedication, Maryann has been pivotal in expanding AIST’s professional development offering and fostering deep ties between AIST and the wider profit-to-member sector. While we are sad to see Maryann leave, we respect that she is ready for a change and the next chapter in her career. We wish her every success in the future.”
Mannix-White said: “Over the past 15 years I’ve had the pleasure to work with some fantastic people at AIST, our member funds and across the wider financial services sector. There is so much I will miss about this role, but, after 15 years, I’m ready for a new challenge.” Prior to AIST she was general manager of marketing and communications at the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and before that was marketing manager at the Tasmanian Convention Bureau and the Melbourne Tourism Authority.
Photo: taken in November 2019 to mark Maryann’s 15th anniversary at AIST.