CALI appoints 2 to board

cali life insurance ClearView Swiss Re

3 July 2023
| By Laura Dew |
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Two new board members have been appointed to join the Council of Australian Life Insurers (CALI).

Incoming ClearView Wealth chief executive, Nadine Gooderick, who will be replacing ClearView Wealth managing director Simon Swanson later this year, has been appointed as a board director.

CALI chief executive, Christine Cupitt, said: “We welcome the addition of a highly credible, capable and accomplished female leader to our CALI board. 

“Nadine is well known and well respected in the industry, and a wonderful fit as CALI continues to evolve as the trusted voice of life insurers in Australia.”

Gooderick said: “ClearView is proud to be a foundational member of CALI and I look forward to contributing to the ongoing work CALI is doing to promote the value of life insurance and to achieve better outcomes for Australian life insurance customers and the broader community.”

Prior to joining ClearView in October 2020, she spent almost 25 years at RGA Reinsurance including eight years as chief operating officer for Australia and New Zealand.

Meanwhile, Kresh Wright, head of life and health Australia at Swiss Re, will join as the organisation’s member representative. She has spent 16 years at Swiss Re in a variety of roles across Australia, New Zealand, Japan and the UK.

The CALI board is co-chaired by Brett Clark, group chief executive and managing director at TAL Life, and Damien Mu, chief executive and managing director at AIA Australia. 

Both appointments will take effect from 1 July 2023.

CALI was founded last year as a dedicated life insurance association after 19 life insurance members departed from the Financial Services Council. 

“Given the changing landscape in both regulation and structure, as an industry, we believe the time is right to form a dedicated peak body to focus solely on matters affecting the life insurance industry and its customers,” CALI said at the time.

Its priorities include upholding existing industry standards and practices, lifting consumer standards through professional standards and codes of conduct, informing Australians about the role and value of insurance, and seeking opportunities to further contribute to the community.

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