Risk People as at 22 January 2019

New Appointments

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Count Financial GM leaves vacancy
Ed Box has resigned from Commonwealth Bank to pursue another opportunity, with Michael Spurr, executive general manager of business delivery at Count Financial, to act in the interim as general manager of CBA Group. A replacement for Box is being sought.

MetLife welcomes new CEO, wins tech award
Richard Nunn, former Statewide Super chief executive, is moving to MetLife at the beginning of May, relocating to Sydney. Nunn takes over from chief financial adviser at MetLife, Vince Watt, who has been acting in the role since May, after Deanne Stewart left.

MetLife Australia’s technical team led by chief information officer Tim Batten and Sourav Shah won an international award for its claims platform for Statewide Super. Tim Batten is now on the Association of Cooperative Operations Research and Development (ACORD) list of top leaders in insurtech for 2018. ACORD sets global data standards for insurance companies and is an industry-owned non-profit organisation.

MLC Life appoints board member, first chief customer experience officer
Jacqueline Korhonen is the latest independent non-executive director to join MLC Life. Korhonen will also serve on the audit, disclosure, and risk committees, while serving on the NetComm board, being a committee member of Chief Executive Women, being a council member of Sydney University House, and adviser on the board of the NSW Government Data and Analytics Centre.

Louise Portelli has been appointed to a newly-created role of chief customer experience officer, starting in March. Portelli is a former KPMG partner.

Frontier Advisors appoints investment professionals
James Gunn is a new senior consultant, moving across from Prime Value. Three new associates are joining the team: Paul Chua, from NAB; Nadine Hassouna, from a Dubai-based asset manager, Emirates NBD; and James Kosmatos, from PWC Wealth.

AFA appoints new chair to Inspire
The Association of Financial Advisers (AFA) has appointed Kate McCallum as the national chair of AFA Inspire. McCallum is the co-chief executive and founder of planning practice Multiforte Financial Services, and is replacing Di Charman in the role.