National Association of Federal Retirees appoints new CEO

April 22, 2016

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Ottawa, Ontario – April 22, 2016 ─ The National Association of Federal Retirees (Federal Retirees) is pleased to announce the appointment of Simon Coakeley as its new CEO, effective May 16, 2016.

The appointment comes at a crucial time for the Association, which represents about 185,000 federal retirees across the country, including 60,000 military and RCMP. Federal Retirees seeks to protect the pension rights and health benefits of retirees, and is working on several fronts to ensure the contributions of its members and those of all retirees are protected as a new government embarks on its mandate.

Simon Coakeley is a seasoned, fully bilingual lawyer and government executive with almost 30 years of operational and policy-oriented experience in the federal government - most recently serving as the Executive Director of the Immigration and Refugee Board. He has achieved success and earned great respect during his time in government, particularly for his experience  in managing large organizations, working with central agencies,  cooperating with parliamentary committees  and conducting  high-level negotiations. 

“Mr. Coakeley’s work on veterans and pension issues is particularly relevant and bodes well in terms of advancing the many issues facing the Association,” said Konrad von Finckenstein, Chairman of the National Association Federal Retirees Board of Directors. “His positive outlook and innovative approach will further position the Association as an important voice in this country. I know that I speak for the Board and all of the Association when I welcome Mr. Coakeley to his new position.”

The National Association of Federal Retirees is the country’s largest advocacy organization for federal retirees and veterans. Through 82 offices located across the country and more than 1,000 volunteers, it has built a very strong and effective community with tremendous reach. Mr. Coakeley will oversee a number of initiatives designed to protect the pensions and health-care benefits of federal retirees. Working closely with volunteers, key stakeholders and our Preferred Partners, Mr. Coakeley has been tasked with building an even stronger community and giving greater profile to this country’s retirees.


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