TelstraSuper makes key advice appointment from MLC

14 November 2023
| By Rhea Nath |
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TelstraSuper has announced the appointment of Alla Gorbunova as head of advice delivery.

In this role, she will be responsible for leading a team of financial advisers in TelstraSuper Financial Planning. 

She joins the $24 billion super fund from MLC Advice, where she was head of advice practice for almost five years and led a team of 25 advice professionals. She moved to Insignia Financial with the sale of the MLC Advice business in 2021.

According to Melinda Huggins, executive general manager of financial planning at TelstraSuper, Gorbunova’s new role underscores the fund’s commitment to offering its members easy access to a competitively priced financial advice service that includes advice on single topics or more comprehensive advice. 

“The financial advice that we offer members through TelstraSuper Financial Planning is a key element of our advice offering,” Huggins said.

“Alla’s appointment continues our journey to meet the growing demand for this service to members.”
Prior to her tenure at MLC, Gorbunova spent almost a decade at NAB, including seven years as a regional wealth executive leading a team of 15–20 financial advisers, who manage 800 ongoing service clients with some $2.5 million in recurring annual revenue. 

She started her career as a financial planner and has maintained her practising licence.

Her appointment followed the announcement of TelstraSuper’s aged care advice offering in August, allowing members to receive advice on strategies to fund aged care for themselves or family members. 

It aims to give members and their families greater confidence in making decisions about aged care especially if the needs arise unexpectedly and includes assessing their needs, financial situation, and how different strategies can affect how aged care is funded. 

Earlier this year, the fund also saw the appointment of another senior executive, David Schneider, as head of investment strategy. 

Schneider has worked at the fund since 2018 when he joined the fund as head of asset allocation in Melbourne. 

He previously spent a decade at UniSuper, where he was head of research and quant methods.

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