MetLife Australia chair steps down from role

Company welcomes new board members amid strategic transformation

MetLife Australia chair steps down from role

Life & Health

By Roxanne Libatique

MetLife Australia has announced the departure of Geoff Brunsdon AM, who has served as the chair of MetLife Insurance Limited for over a decade.

Brunsdon's leadership spanned significant milestones, including the initiation of MetLife's retail division in 2018, the introduction of a new strategic direction in 2020, steering through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, and leading the charge towards a digital and operational overhaul aimed at enhancing client engagement and fostering growth opportunities.

Richard Nunn, CEO of MetLife Australia – which has recently been recognised as an inclusive employer – acknowledged Brunsdon's pivotal role and impact on the company, expressing gratitude for his long-standing service and dedication.

“Geoff has been an integral part of the MetLife business for more than a decade, and his contribution to our business has been significant over that time. I thank him for his dedication and service,” he said.

MetLife's new chair

Succeeding Brunsdon is Nicola Wakefield Evans AM, who previously served as an independent non-executive director since 2019. She has served as a non-executive director across various sectors and has expertise in M&A and capital markets law.

New MetLife independent non-executive director

The board will also be joined by Julie Lander, former CEO of CareSuper, who steps in as an independent non-executive director, filling the vacancy created by Wakefield Evans's promotion.

Lander has more than four decades of experience in the superannuation, manufacturing, and professional services industries.

“MetLife is at a turning point as we transform our business, leveraging technology to help us deliver a better customer experience and manage operational risk,” Nunn said. “As we do this, we will benefit from Nicola's extensive governance experience. Julie is a welcome addition to the board with significant superannuation experience.”

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