Senior Leadership Team

Pauline Blight-Johnston Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director


Pauline joined Genworth as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director in March 2020. Pauline has over 25 years’ of senior management, financial and strategic experience in wealth management and insurance in Australia, New Zealand and globally.

Prior to joining Genworth, Pauline held senior leadership and strategic roles in Challenger, AMP and RGA Reinsurance Company. She has also served as Chief Financial Officer and Appointed Actuary of Asteron Life, and consulted to the insurance and wealth management industry at KPMG and Tillinghast-Towers Perrin.

An active industry participant, Pauline has served on the boards of the Institute of Actuaries, the Financial Services Council and the Australian Institute of Insurance and Finance, as well as been a member of and chaired numerous committees of these bodies.  

Pauline is a Fellow of each of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia, the New Zealand Society of Actuaries, the Actuarial Society of South Africa, Finsia, the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance & Finance and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She also holds a Master of Economics degree from Macquarie University.

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Michael Bencsik Chief Financial Officer


Michael joined Genworth as Chief Financial Officer in February 2019. Michael has over 30 years’ of financial and strategic experience in banking and insurance across Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia Pacific.

Prior to joining Genworth, Michael held the role of Deputy Chief Financial Officer, Bank of Queensland and Chief Financial Officer, St Andrew’s Insurance Australia. Prior to this he held various senior finance and strategy roles across leading financial service institutions including Lloyds TSB Bank (UK), Westpac Banking Corporation, HSBC Bank Australia Limited, HSBC Holdings (UK), Commonwealth Bank of Australia and First Abu Dhabi Bank (UAE).

Michael is a Fellow Certified Practising Accountant and Fellow Chartered Certified Accountant (UK) with a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of NSW and a Masters of Business Administration from Macquarie University. He is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  

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Andrew Cormack Chief Risk Officer


Andy joined Genworth Australia as Chief Risk Officer in October 2015. Andy brings more than 20 years of experience to his role as CRO having held senior financial as well as risk roles in the mortgage insurance industry. Andy is a seasoned leader, having had senior management responsibility for teams in commercial, product development and risk for multiple markets across Europe. He is passionate about delivering best in class risk and actuarial business models and building and developing high achieving teams engaged in delivering business objectives.

Before joining Genworth Australia, Andy worked with Genworth Financial Mortgage Insurance in Europe, where most recently he held the role of Chief Risk Officer with responsibility for the risk and actuarial teams. Prior to this he held various positions including Senior Vice President (SVP) Technical Director, SVP Commercial Leader, SVP Product Development & Marketing and Chief Financial Officer.

Earlier in his career, Andy spent 3 years with JP Morgan where he focused on emerging market fixed income derivatives and prior to this worked at Neville Russell Accountants (now Mazars) as an auditor responsible for Lloyds syndicates.

Andy has a BA(Hons) in Accounting and Finance from Lancaster University and is a qualified Chartered Accountant (ACA)-(ICAEW).

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Steven Degetto Chief Commercial Officer, Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Council for Genworth


Steven joined Genworth as Chief Commercial Officer in July 2017. He has over 25 years’ experience in banking and insurance. With a strong track record of developing partnerships across a broad range of financial institutions, Steven’s strategic thinking, deep understanding of customer opportunities and challenges coupled with his commercial acumen have enabled him to consistently deliver customer value and insights.

Prior to joining Genworth, Steven was Head of Bank Intermediaries with the Suncorp Group where he managed all intermediary relationships across Australia supporting over 14,000 mortgage brokers in the provision of Suncorp Group products and services. Most recently he was Head of Wealth and Life Intermediaries at Suncorp and led the sales and retention strategy across the life insurance and wealth management businesses. Steven has also held various leadership roles within financial services at both Macquarie Group and Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

Steven holds a Bachelor of Business from the University of Tasmania, a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment and an Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning. He is a Fellow of both the MFAA and FINSIA.

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Kate Svoboda Chief People and Culture Officer


Kate was appointed as Chief Human Resources Officer (Chief People and Culture Officer) in September 2016 after 6 months as Acting Chief Human Resources Officer. Kate joined Genworth as Human Resources Director in 2015. Kate brings to the role more than 17 years professional experience working in human resources, the majority of which has been in financial services.

Kate is responsible for leading organisational design and effectiveness, culture and engagement, employee relations, workforce planning, recruitment, learning and talent development, diversity and remuneration and benefits.

Prior to joining Genworth, Kate was HR Business Partner at Challenger and before that worked in various HR roles at Commonwealth Bank of Australia. Kate has also worked in various management and clinical roles in public health.

Kate has a Masters of Business Administration (University of New England) and a Bachelor of Speech Pathology (University of Queensland).

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Prudence Milne General Counsel and Company Secretary


Prue joined Genworth as General Counsel in September 2016. Prue brings over 30 years’ experience in private practice, in-house corporate counsel and company secretary roles. She is a highly experienced senior lawyer with deep financial services experience.

Before joining Genworth, Prue worked in private practice at Ashurst and then held a variety of senior legal and company secretary roles at AMP and AMP Capital Investors. In her nearly 18 year career with AMP, she oversaw and facilitated considerable change and transition in the AMP businesses and had considerable exposure to senior executives and boards.

Prue has a Bachelor of Economics and Laws from Monash University, a Master of Laws from the University of Sydney, a Graduate Diploma in Secretarial Practice from Chartered Secretaries Australia and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Brad Dean Head of Strategy and Innovation


Brad joined Genworth in August 2002 and was appointed Head of Strategy and Innovation in October 2018. Brad is a seasoned leader, bringing more than 20 years of experience to his role from across a range of insurance, health care equipment and distribution businesses with responsibility for new business development, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, and financial management and controls.

Prior to his current role, Brad held the positions of Head of Product Development and Corporate Development Leader at Genworth where he was responsible for formulating and executing product and corporate development strategies, including leading Genworth’s IPO project which resulted in Genworth Australia being listed on the Australian Securities Exchange in 2014.

Between 2002 and 2007, Brad held the position of Chief Financial Officer of Genworth Australia. Prior to his roles at Genworth, Brad worked at a chartered accounting firm for five years followed by a further five years at GE in multiple finance roles. Brad is a Chartered Accountant and has a Bachelor of Commerce from Wollongong University with a double major of Accounting and Economics.

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Erica Pickford Head of Operations


Erica joined Genworth in November 2014 as New Business leader and was appointed Head of Operations in July 2017. With over 20 years of financial experience in both banking and insurance, Erica brings international experience having worked in South Africa, the United Kingdom and Australia.

Before joining Genworth, Erica worked at Commonwealth Bank of Australia where she was Executive Manager, Head of Loss Mitigation and Customer Assist. During her career with Commonwealth Bank, she oversaw and lead the collections transformation across all secured and unsecured products. Prior to Commonwealth Bank she held various leadership roles in Credit Risk management and was Operations leader at Provident Credit in the United Kingdom.

Prior to immigrating to the United Kingdom in 1998, Erica held the position of Operations Manager within ABSA Bank (52% owned by Barclays Bank) in South Africa.

Erica holds a Diploma in Business through Swindon College (UK) and a Certificate IV in Credit Management.

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Cameron McDonald Head of Technology


Cameron joined Genworth in 2012, establishing the Data Management Office and assuming responsibility for technology services to the business in July 2016. Cameron has 30 years’ experience in a variety of operational and technology leadership roles in investment management, mortgage lending and insurance in Europe and Australia.

Prior to joining Genworth, Cameron held positions with National Australia Bank, Challenger Financial Services Group, HSBC Australia and State Street Corporation in technology leadership, program management and operations.

Cameron is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) degree from Monash University and additional certifications in Enterprise Architecture and cloud computing services.

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