Rosemary Vilgan held the position as CEO of QSuper, one of the world’s largest pension funds, from 1998 until the end of 2015 and is globally recognised for innovation.
Rosemary achieved from a very young age, becoming QSuper's CEO at the age of 33 and simultaneously becoming the youngest person ever, and first female, to chair the Board of the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA).
In 2013, Rosemary was named as the 2013 Telstra Queensland and Australian Business Woman of the Year. She was also the Queensland and Australian winner of Telstra’s Community and Government awards and the Queensland winner of Telstra's award for Innovation.
Rosemary is currently Chairperson of the Federal Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission, Chairman of the Commonwealth Bank Officers Superannuation Fund, a member of the Children's Hospital Foundation (Queensland) Board and the Queensland Council of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of Investment Committees for Queensland University of Technology and Cambooya Pty Ltd.
Rosemary built an organisation known globally for innovation:
- In 2014 Rosemary won a Global Innovation Award from Pensions and Investment Magazine (USA) for a new product that helps members tailor savings to their age, account balance and the economic environment
- In 2013 Rosemary won the Telstra Business Innovation Award for Queensland
- In 2000 QSuper achieved superannuation equity for Queensland Government workers, which benefited some 80,000 people, mainly women
- In 2015 QSuper was awarded Best Superannuation Fund, Best Pension Fund and Best New Product
In 2014 QSuper won Australian HR Award Employer of Choice (Public Sector and NFP) and had an employee engagement score of 88%
Rosemary led the building of QSuper to become an award winning, globally vertically integrated financial services business for over half a million customers with almost $90 billion in accounts and $60 billion under direct management.
To achieve this, Rosemary oversaw the building of an in house investment team and blended it with group life insurance, a large contact centre and operations and technology function, as well as the buy out of a financial planning subsidiary.
Community and Board Roles
Rosemary is recognised internationally as a strong leader within the business community. Some of her key roles have included:
Queensland University of Technology (QUT) - one of Australia's leading universities with revenue of $1 billion
- Member of the Council
- Member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee for the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), having chaired this committee for nearly a decade until 2015
- In 2015, Rosemary was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from QUT for services to the University
Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA) - the peak body representing the vast majority of the $2 trillion superannuation industry
- Previously an elected director
- Six year as chairman of its board, being the first female and youngest person ever to chair this board
- Awarded Life Membership for services to the Association
Fellow of Australian Institute of Company Directors
Significant other former board or council roles have included
- Federal Treasurer’s Financial Sector Advisory Council
- Brisbane's South Bank Corporation Board
- Australian Council of Superannuation Investors (ACSI) Board
- International Centre for Pension Management (ICPM) in Toronto