media release 


5 June 2024   


HESTA appoints Alissa Knight as General Manager Strategic Planning


HESTA is pleased to announce that Alissa Knight has been appointed to the newly created role of General Manager Strategic Planning, effective June 11. 


In her new role, Ms Knight will play a crucial role in supporting HESTA's Executive Leadership team in strategic planning and key initiatives. 


With a background spanning various strategy-related roles, including her tenure at AIA and legalsuper, Ms Knight brings a wealth of experience and expertise to her new position.


HESTA CEO Debby Blakey said Ms Knight's appointment demonstrates HESTA's commitment to maximising member returns and enhancing strategic planning.


"We are thrilled to welcome Alissa back to HESTA in this pivotal role. Her proven track record in strategy execution roles and her previous contract work with HESTA position her well to drive positive outcomes for members,” Ms Blakey said.


Ms Knight worked as a solicitor before moving into various strategy-related roles early in her career. 


She worked for AIA for 16 years in numerous roles, with her most recent role as General Manager of Strategy and CEO Office. 


For the last six months, Ms Knight has held a contract position with legalsuper heading up the Strategy and CEO Office.


HESTA's Chief Strategy Officer, Sam Harris, said Ms Knight's appointment reflects the importance of enhancing HESTA's strategic planning processes, which will ultimately deliver positive outcomes for members.


"Alissa's leadership and strategy execution experience will be instrumental in further solidifying HESTA's position as a leading industry fund," he said.


Expressing her excitement about joining HESTA, Ms Knight said: "I am keen to contribute to the Fund's ongoing success by leveraging my skills and experience to drive positive outcomes for our members."



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