BREAKING: New actuary top dog

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The Actuaries Institute has announced the appointment of former Australian Bankers’ Association CEO David Bell as its new chief executive.  

He will starts in January, replacing former CEO Melinda Howes who left earlier this month after four years in the role.
Bell has more than 20 years’ experience in management and public advocacy and appreciates the long-term value the actuarial profession adds in contributing to public policy debate,” Institute president John Newman said.

“He joins the Actuaries Institute at a crucial time when Australia faces uncertainty in a range of areas, such as the financial implications of improving longevity and an ageing population. The actuarial profession has a significant contribution to make wherever there is uncertainty of future financial outcomes.”

Bell joins the Institute from Ogilvy PR Australia where he was group managing director for the corporate sector.

Prior to Ogilvy, he spent two years at Westpac as general manager of Corporate Affairs and Sustainability, where he was responsible for the bank’s reputation with key stakeholders.

Before that he spent a decade as CEO of the Australian Bankers’ Association, where he worked closely with the Government and industry during the GFC to make sure best policy and regulatory settings were in place to ensure the Australian banking system remained strong.

He has also been chief of staff to NSW Minister for Agriculture Ian Armstrong and a management consultant with Anderson Consulting.

Bell said he looked forward to raising the profile and influence of actuaries in representing the interests of its members to government, the business community and the public.

Actuaries assess risks through long-term analyses, modeling and scenario planning across a wide range of business problems.

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