ChairmanPeter Polson was appointed Chairman of Challenger in June 2004. Previously, Peter held the position of Group Executive, Investment and Insurance Services at the Commonwealth Bank, where he was responsible for all investment and insurance services for the group. He retired from the Commonwealth Bank in October 2002. Since the early 1990s he had held a number of executive roles in financial services including positions at the Colonial group and National Mutual Funds Management (International). In addition to his Challenger role, Peter is Chairman of IDP Education.
Managing Director and Chief Executive OfficerRichard Howes was appointed Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Challenger Limited in January 2019. Richard has previously held a number of senior executive roles at Challenger since joining the company in 2003, including Chief Executive of Distribution, Product and Marketing, Chief Executive of Challenger’s Life business and Chief Investment Officer. Richard has over 25 years' financial services experience. Prior to joining Challenger, he held senior roles at Zurich Capital Markets, Macquarie and Bankers Trust where his primary responsibility was providing risk management solutions to major companies and institutions globally.
Richard has a Bachelor of Commerce (hons) in Finance and Accounting and a Bachelor of Economics and has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.
John M. Green
John Green became a Director of the Board in December 2017. John was previously an Executive Director at Macquarie Group and has also been a partner at two major law firms. He is Deputy Chairman of QBE Insurance Group Limited, and also a novelist and co-founder of book publisher Pantera Press.
Steven Gregg became a Director of the Board in October 2012. Steven's more recent senior executive roles included Partner and Senior Adviser at McKinsey & Company and Global Head of Investment Banking at ABN Amro. He has both domestic and international experience having worked in the USA and UK. He is chairman of Ampol Limited (formerly Caltex Australia) and a non-executive director of Tabcorp Holdings.
Dr Heather Smith PSM became a Director of the Board in January 2021. Heather has over 20 years’ experience in government including as Secretary of the Australian Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, Secretary of the Department of Communications and the Arts, and Deputy Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. She is chair of the board of advisers to Aura, a digital-identity start-up, and deputy chair of the United States Studies Centre.
JoAnne Stephenson became a Director of the Board in October 2012. JoAnne was previously a partner with KPMG having worked for KPMG in a number of executive roles in Australia and the UK. She is a non-executive director of Asaleo Care, Japara Healthcare and Myer Holdings.
Duncan West became a Director of the Board in September 2018. Duncan has over 30 years' experience in insurance and financial services and is currently a non-executive director of Genworth Mortgage Insurance. He previously held the position of Executive General Manager of Insurance for NAB Wealth and MLC and senior executive roles including as CEO of Vero Insurance and CGU Insurance.
Melanie Willis became a Director of the Board in December 2017. Melanie has held senior executive roles at NRMA Investments, Deutsche Bank and Bankers Trust Australia. She is a non-executive director of Southern Cross Media Group and a board member of Chief Executive Women.
Masahiko Kobayashi became a Director of the Board in August 2019. Masahiko has over 30 years' experience in general and life insurance and is currently a director and managing executive officer (Corporate Planning, Risk Management and Finance) of Mitsui Sumitomo Primary Life Insurance (MSP), a subsidiary of MS&AD Insurance Group Holdings. Prior to joining MSP, he had held a number of executive and director roles at MS&AD group companies in Singapore and the UK.
Hiroyuki Iioka was appointed as an alternate director for Masahiko in December 2019.