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AUB Group Board

David Clarke

Chairman

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David Clarke

Chairman


Non-Executive Chairman, Chair of the Nomination

David has 40 years’ experience in investment banking, funds management, property and retail banking. He has formerly held roles as CEO of Investec Bank, Allco Finance Group, MLC, and Westpac's Wealth Management Business, BT Financial Group. He was also the Director of AMP.

David is Chairman of Charter Hall Group, Resolution Life Australia and Fisher Funds Management Limited, former CEO of Investec Bank, Allco Finance Group and MLC Limited, and former AMP Limited and Westpac's Wealth Management Business, BT Financial Group.

David holds a Bachelor of Laws from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand.

Mike Emmett

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director

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Mike Emmett

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director


Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director

Mike has enjoyed a diverse career working across the Insurance, Consulting, and IT Industries in Australia, the UK and South Africa. Prior to joining AUB Group, Mike was the Group CEO for Cover-More, previously an ASX-listed global travel insurer and now part of the Zurich Group. Mike previously held senior roles in Australia at QBE as Group Executive, Operations, and EY leading the Financial Services Advisory business.

Before moving to Australia, Mike spent several years working in London, including at IBM, leading the Insurance and Banking consulting teams and at Morse plc (Application Services) as Managing Director. Mike’s earlier career in

South Africa included senior roles in Consulting at IBM, Accenture and PwC.

Mike is also a Chartered Accountant (SA).

Peter Harmer

Non-Executive Director

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Peter Harmer

Non-Executive Director


Non-Executive Director

Peter is the former CEO of IAG Limited, and has served previously as the CEO of CGU, Aon Limited UK, Aon Risk Services Australia Pacific, and Aon Re Australia. Peter has over 40 years’ experience in the industry spanning insurance, reinsurance broking, and insurance broking. He is a Non-Executive Director of Commonwealth Bank of Australia and nib Holdings Limited.

He is also a member of Bain & Company’s Advisory Council, an Ambassador for the Refugee Migrant Children Centre, and an Executive Mentor with Merryck & Co ANZ.

Paul Lahiff

Non-Executive Director

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Paul Lahiff

Non-Executive Director


Non-Executive Director, Remuneration & People Committee

Paul was previously Chief Executive of Mortgage Choice. Prior to that, he was Executive Director of Heritage Bank and Permanent Trustee and held senior roles in Westpac in Sydney and London.

Paul is also Director of NESS Super, Sezzle Ltd and 86400 Holdings, and a Member of the Enterprise Ireland Business Advisory Panel. Paul holds a BSc from Sydney University.

Robin Low

Non-Executive Director

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Robin Low

Non-Executive Director


Non-Executive Director, Chair of the Audit & Risk Management Committee

Robin was a PWC partner with 30 years’ experience in financial services, particularly insurance, assurance and risk management.

Robin serves as a director of Appen, IPH, Marley Spoon, The Australian Reinsurance Pool Corporation, Gordian Runoff, Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, Public Education Foundation and Primary Ethics.

Robin is a former Deputy Chair of the Auditing and Assurance Standards Board.

Robin holds a Bachelor of Commerce from The University of New South Wales, is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Cath Rogers

Non-Executive Director

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Cath Rogers

Non-Executive Director


Cath Rogers is a Partner at Antler, a global early-stage venture capital firm. She is a member of the Commercialisation Committee of the Heart Research Institute and was previously a Non-Executive Director of fintech Digital Wallet Pty Limited which trades as Beem It (2018-2021) and McGrath Limited (2016-2018).

She has a background in financial services, private equity and venture capital both in Australia and overseas including with AirTree Ventures, Anchorage Capital Partners, Masdar Capital and Credit Suisse.

Cath holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales and an MBA from INSEAD. She is also a CFA Charterholder and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

AUB Group Executive Team

Mike Emmett

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director

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Mike Emmett

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director


ike has enjoyed a diverse career working across the Insurance, Consulting, and IT Industries in Australia, the UK and South Africa. Prior to joining AUB Group, Mike was the Group CEO for Cover-More, previously an ASX-listed global travel insurer and now part of the Zurich Group. Mike previously held senior roles in Australia at QBE as Group Executive, Operations, and EY leading the Financial Services Advisory business.

Before moving to Australia, Mike spent several years working in London, including at IBM, leading the Insurance and Banking consulting teams and at Morse plc (Application Services) as Managing Director. Mike’s earlier career in South Africa included senior roles in Consulting at IBM, Accenture and PwC.

Mike is also a Chartered Accountant (SA).

Mark Shanahan

Chief Financial Officer

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Mark Shanahan

Chief Financial Officer


Mark has 30 years’ financial services experience in senior finance, CFO and COO roles in Europe, Asia and Australia. Mark spent 14 years with Macquarie Bank including nine years as CFO of the Asia Pacific Region and three years as CFO of Macquarie’s Retail Bank, Business Bank and Wealth Management division. More recently Mark was CFO and COO of Australian Ethical Investment, an ASX-listed fund manager and superannuation fund trustee.

Mark is a Chartered Accountant qualified in South Africa and Australia, and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Angie Zissis

CEO and Group Head of Underwriting and Placement

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Angie Zissis

CEO and Group Head of Underwriting and Placement


Angie Zissis is a former Finance Director at Marsh and COO at Aon Australia. He was most recently NSW State Manager at ATC Insurance Solutions. In his current role, Angie is building and leading a new style of underwriting agency in Australia.

Ben Bessell

Chief Broking Officer - Austbrokers

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Ben Bessell

Chief Broking Officer - Austbrokers


Ben is responsible for managing the broking networks and optimising the portfolio of businesses. Ben has been in the insurance market for over 25 years and was a member of the IAG and CGU Group Executive and where he held several senior executive positions, including CEO of IAG's Australian Business Division.

Austbrokers Management Team

Ben Bessell

Chief Broking Officer - Austbrokers

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Ben Bessell

Chief Broking Officer - Austbrokers


Ben is responsible for managing the broking networks and optimising the portfolio of businesses. Ben has been in the insurance market for over 25 years and was a member of the IAG and CGU Group Executive and where he held several senior executive positions, including CEO of IAG's Australian Business Division.

Mark White

Partner Development Manager - Austbrokers

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Mark White

Partner Development Manager - Austbrokers


Mark joined Austbrokers in 2015 from Allianz where he served as State Manager – VIC/TAS Broker and Agency. He has held a number of senior management roles throughout his career including Chief Operating Officer at iiNet, General Manager – Strategy and Marketing for the RAC of WA and Marketing Manager – Life at Suncorp.

Mark has an MBA from the University of WA, a Graduate Diploma of Insurance Broking through ANZIIF and is a Member of the AICD.

Mark is responsible for a panel of members providing governance, financial and strategic support along with his duties as a nominee Director.

Rebecca Wells

Operations Manager - Austbrokers Member Services

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Rebecca Wells

Operations Manager - Austbrokers Member Services


Rebecca is responsible for the overall management and deployment of Austbrokers initiatives and projects. She works closely with the Austbrokers partners and other strategic partners in project development and meeting ongoing requirements for the business.

Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Business (HRM and Economics) and a Certificate IV in Business Administration.

Tarsila Tolino

Marketing Manager - Austbrokers Member Services

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Tarsila Tolino

Marketing Manager - Austbrokers Member Services


Tarsila has over 15 years of experience in marketing and has worked in corporate marketing roles in the investment sector at CBRE and the insurance sector at NRMA.

At Austbrokers Member Services, Tarsila is responsible for promoting AMS benefits and AMS network communication through the AMS Portal, Austbrokers website, email marketing, and content creation. She is also responsible for engaging with insurers and delivering ongoing business requirements.

Tarsila has an MBA in Marketing from the University of Technology Sydney.

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