Board of directors
Peter Polson - Chairman
Peter 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.
Brian Benari - Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer
Brian Benari was appointed Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Challenger in February 2012, having previously held the role of Group Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer since 2008. Brian qualified as a chartered accountant with Andersen's and joined Challenger in March 2003. He has extensive finance, risk management and asset management experience both onshore and offshore having held executive roles with JP Morgan, Bankers Trust and Macquarie Bank. Brian is also deputy co-chair of the Board of the Financial Services Council.
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 a non-executive director of Tabcorp Holdings and Caltex Australia.
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.
Leon Zwier became a Director of the Board in September 2006. Leon is a lawyer from Melbourne where, since 1991, he has been a partner in legal firm Arnold Bloch Leibler whose practice focuses on commercial litigation and dispute resolution; and corporate recovery and insolvency.