Bernie Dean steps up to head Industry Super Australia

BERNIE DEAN is stepping up from his role as chief operations officer to become chief executive of Industry Super Australia (ISA), starting September 1.

Mr Dean joined ISA  in early 2013 as the director of marketing, assuming responsibility for the successful collective marketing campaign to promote the benefits of being a member of an Industry SuperFund. 

“Bernie’s commitment to improving the quality of retirement of all Australian workers is paramount,” ISA chair, Peter Collins said. “During his time at ISA, Bernie has led a series of ground-breaking campaigns, including Compare the Pair, In good hands and Banks aren’t super.

“Member recognition of, and trust in industry super funds has grown significantly under his stewardship of the campaign. More broadly, Bernie has experience working with governments, employers and trade unions and is well-known among industry super funds.

“We are delighted that he has accepted our offer to become chief executive of ISA.”

Prior to joining ISA, Mr Dean held senior positions in the Victorian public service. As the executive director of marketing and communications for many years, Mr Dean led WorkSafe Victoria’s award-winning marketing program to drive down the rate and cost of workplace injuries.

Helater became the general manager of OHS Strategy, leading collaboration between the regulator, employer and union bodies to develop policy and regulatory solutions to tough problems faced by workers such as asbestos removal, dangerous machines and manual handling.

Prior to his departmental roles, Mr Dean was a senior adviser to the former Victorian Premier Steve Bracks on issues including infrastructure and public transport.

Bernie Dean joined government after working as an organiser with the ACTU in the mid-1990s where he represented and campaigned alongside workers across the public, hospitality and finance sectors.


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