FSC appoints life insurance expert to board

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The Financial Services Council (FSC) has appointed a life insurance and AMP stalwart to its board, it has been announced.

AMP group executive of insurance and superannuation, Pauline Blight-Johnston, has more than 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry and brings a wealth of knowledge to the board, said chairman Greg Cooper.

Blight-Johnston has held senior executive posts in life insurance both in Australia and overseas.

She joined AMP in 2013 and is responsible for its risk insurance, retail superannuation, investment, pensions and platforms business portfolio.

Prior to AMP, the new board member was the managing director of RGA Reinsurance Company of Australia, and before that, the chief financial officer and appointed actuary for Asteron Life.

Other past pursuits include executive roles with Tillinghast and Morgan Stanley.

And Blight-Johnston is no newbie to the FSC board either: she had a previous term on the board from February 2010 until November 2012 when she was at RGA.

An active industry participant, she is a Fellow of numerous industry bodies. She’s also a director of the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance, AMP Life and the National Mutual Life Association of Australasia.

The Financial Services Council board now includes:
  • Chairman: Greg Cooper – CEO, Schroder Investment Management Australia Limited
  • Co-Deputy Chairman: Brad Cooper – CEO, BT Financial Group;
  • Co-Deputy Chairman:  Geoff Lloyd –CEO and MD, Perpetual Limited;
  • Directors: Brian Benari – MD and CEO of Challenger Limited; Pauline Blight-Johnston − Group Executive Insurance and Superannuation, AMP;  David Bryant  −  CEO & CIO, Australian Unity Investments; Robin Burns – MD, Equity Trustees Limited; Andrew Hagger – Group Executive, NAB Wealth and CEO MLC Limited; John James – MD and Chairman of Vanguard Investments; Brett Jollie – MD, Aberdeen Asset Management Australia Limited; Annabel Spring – Group Executive, Wealth Management, Commonwealth Bank of Australia; Geoff Summerhayes – CEO Suncorp Life; and, Maria Wilton – MD, Franklin Templeton Investments Australia Ltd.