media release


13 March 2024


HESTA appoints Sophie Jelleff to the role of Head of Investment Execution 


HESTA is pleased to announce that Sophie Jelleff has been appointed as the new Head of Investment Execution, effective 8 April 2024.


In her role, Ms Jelleff will collaborate closely with HESTA's Executive and Investment Management teams, pivotal in shaping and leading the fund's investment execution strategies. 


Her appointment underscores HESTA's commitment to maximising returns for its one million-plus members and strengthening its investment capabilities.


HESTA CEO Debby Blakey emphasised the significance of Ms Jelleff's appointment in leading and shaping the investment operating model and delivering value to members. 


"Sophie's extensive experience in investment operations will undoubtedly bring value to HESTA's members," Ms Blakey said. 


"Her appointment signals our commitment to further strengthening HESTA's investment capabilities and delivering the best financial returns for members."


With over 25 years of extensive investment experience, including leadership roles at prominent financial institutions such as Citi and JP Morgan, Ms Jelleff brings a wealth of expertise to her new position. 


Her tenure with renowned financial services institutions like NAB and BNY Mellon has further honed her strategic insight and global perspective in financial markets.


HESTA's Chief Operating Officer, Stephen Reilly, said Ms Jelleff's appointment reflects the importance of enhancing HESTA's investment operating platform for current and future multi-asset class investment management activities and ultimately delivering positive outcomes for members.


"Sophie's leadership and operations experience, domestically and globally, will benefit members and align with HESTA's commitment to investment excellence," he said.


Commenting on her appointment, Ms Jelleff expressed her enthusiasm for joining HESTA and contributing to the fund's continued success. 


"I am thrilled to be joining HESTA and helping to deliver exceptional investment outcomes for its one million plus members," she said. 






Media contact:

Sam Riley

General Manager Media Relations and Corporate Affairs

(03) 8660 1684


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