Management 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. 

Michael Cant

Chief Financial Officer

Michael joined Genworth as Chief Financial Officer in September 2021. Michael has over 30 years’ experience in the Australian financial services industry across insurance, wealth management and retail and business banking.

Prior to joining Genworth, Michael held a range of senior leadership roles at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA), including heading the Retail Banking product function, leading CBAs Corporate Banking business, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the Wealth Management and Insurance division, and General Manager of distribution for Colonial First State. Michael has also worked at specialist life insurer Australian Casualty & Life, where he held the roles of Managing Director and CFO.

Michael Cant is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia, holds an Economics degree from Macquarie University and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University.

Andrew Cormack

Chief Risk Officer

Andy joined Genworth Australia as Chief Risk Officer (CRO) in October 2015. Andy brings more than 25 years of experience to his role as CRO having held senior management responsibility for teams in finance, commercial, product development and risk for markets across Europe. He is passionate about delivering market leading risk and compliance practices and developing high achieving teams engaged in delivering the company’s key strategic objectives and outcomes.

Before joining Genworth Australia, Andy worked with Genworth’s Mortgage Insurance business in Europe, where he held the role of CRO with responsibility for the risk and actuarial teams. Prior to this he held various senior management positions including Senior Vice President Risk, SVP Commercial, 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 a specialist auditor responsible for Lloyds Insurance Market. 

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

Lisa Griffin

Chief Commercial Officer, New Ventures

Lisa joined Genworth as Chief Commercial Officer, New Ventures in March 2021. Lisa has over 25 years’ of senior management, financial, customer and strategy experience in insurance, wealth management and banking in Australia. 

Prior to joining Genworth, Lisa held senior roles in IAG, AMP and Suncorp leading some of the largest transformation programs in financial services and insurance. She has a track record for combining financial and strategic discipline with innovation and creativity to take businesses in new directions.

Lisa holds a Bachelor of Business (Economics) from LaTrobe University, a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from AGSM and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).  

Jeremy Francis

Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Jeremy joined Genworth as Chief Operating Officer in April 2021. With over 20 years’ experience in technology, banking and finance, Jeremy is passionate about delivering digital business strategies to create new opportunities for customers, drive new business growth, and deliver cultural, technology and operational change.

Prior to joining Genworth, Jeremy was Chief Information Officer at Pepper Money where he was responsible for the digital transformation of Pepper’s mortgage, asset finance and servicing businesses. Jeremy has previously held senior leadership roles in financial services at Westpac, Lloyds Banking Group and Capital Finance across business and commercial banking, asset finance and consumer lending.

Jeremy holds a Bachelor of Information Technology from the University of Technology Sydney.

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. 

Nicole Lang

Chief People and Culture Officer

Nicole joined Genworth in January 2021 as Chief People and Culture Officer. She is a global HR executive with extensive experience delivering significant strategic and operational initiatives to drive transformation and cultural change. 

Nicole recently moved back to Australia from Hong Kong where she led the Human Resources function for the Commonwealth Bank's International Financial Services Business, and was Company Director for a number of their offshore entities. 

Nicole has a Masters in Business (International Human Resources), Graduate Diploma in Education and a Bachelor of Science Degree. 

Brad Dean

Chief of Staff

Brad joined Genworth in August 2002was appointed to the senior leadership role of Head of Strategy and Innovation in October 2018, and subsequently appointed to the new role of Chief of Staff in December 2020. 

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.