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 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 Chief Financial Officer and Head of 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 Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

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). 

Steven Degetto

Chief Commercial Officer, LMI

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. Steven has completed a Global Leadership program through Tuck Business School at Dartmouth College. 

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. 

Erica Pickford

Head of Operations, Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Council for Genworth

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. 

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. 

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.