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The AMP management team
The AMP management team is responsible for implementing the policies and strategies set by the board, and running the general operations and financial business of the company.

 

Francesco De Ferrari
Chief Executive Officer
David Cullen
Group General Counsel
James Georgeson
Chief Financial Officer
Helen Livesey
Group Executive, People and Corporate Affairs
Francesco De Ferrari
Chief Executive Officer

MBA, BS (Econ) (IntBus) - Bachelor of Science in Economics and International Business

Francesco was appointed Chief Executive Officer of AMP Limited by the AMP Board, joining in December 2018. As CEO, he is responsible for leading the AMP business.

Francesco was appointed to the AMP Limited Board in January 2019 and the Boards of AMP Bank Limited and AMP Capital Holdings Limited Board in February 2019.

In August 2020, Francesco assumed the role of Acting Chief Executive for AMP Capital on an interim basis while a search process is conducted for a new CEO of that business.

Experience

Francesco has more than 20 years’ experience in the wealth management industry including private banking and management consulting. He spent 17 years in executive roles at Credit Suisse in Asia and Europe, leading businesses that grew substantially under his leadership.

During almost seven years as Head of Credit Suisse’s Asia Pacific private banking business, he overhauled the operating model, increased assets under management and profitability, and improved culture and controls within the business. As CEO of South East Asia and Frontier Markets, Mr De Ferrari was responsible for Credit Suisse’s business in Investment Banking, Global Markets, Private Banking in ASEAN and frontier markets across the Asia Pacific.

Francesco was conferred the Institute of Banking and Finance (IBF) Distinguished Fellow award in 2016 for excellence in professional stature, integrity and achievement in the financial industry.

David Cullen
Group General Counsel

BCom, LLB, LLM

David joined AMP in September 2004 and was appointed Group General Counsel in May 2018. David has group-wide responsibility for AMP’s legal and governance functions.

Experience

David has almost 25 years’ experience in the legal profession, with extensive experience in the areas of M&A, corporate law and corporate governance, having worked in law firms in Perth and Sydney and with the ASX.

Prior to his appointment as Group General Counsel, David was the Group Company Secretary & General Counsel, Governance at AMP, which included acting as Company Secretary for AMP Limited. David also worked full-time on AMP’s merger with AXA APH.

David holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws from the University of WA and a Master of Laws from the University of Sydney.  He is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia.

James Georgeson
Chief Financial Officer

BAcc, MCom & CA

James was appointed Chief Financial Officer in February 2020 after previously holding the position of Acting CFO from August 2019. James’ portfolio is also responsible for delivering AMP’s technology strategy, which includes data architecture, governance frameworks and cyber security strategy for the group.

Prior to this, he was Deputy Chief Financial Officer of AMP, with responsibility for AMP’s group performance reporting, strategic planning and forecasting, portfolio and capital management and AMP’s mergers and acquisitions functions.

In addition, James was appointed to the AMP Capital Holdings Limited Board in September 2020.

Experience

Since joining AMP in 2001, Mr Georgeson has held senior finance positions across the group including: Chief Financial Officer (AMP wealth management), Director of Group Finance, Chief Financial Officer (AMP New Zealand), Chief Risk Officer and Director of Strategy (AMP New Zealand).

James has 20 years’ experience in the finance industry.

James holds a Master of Commerce from Macquarie University, Bachelor of Accounting from University of Technology Sydney, and is a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand.

Helen Livesey
Group Executive, People and Corporate Affairs

BSc (Hons)

Helen joined AMP in 1999 and was appointed Group Executive, People and Corporate Affairs in May 2019. Helen leads the development of people systems, policies, processes and workforce strategies. She also has group-wide responsibility for brand, reputation, communications and managing the business’ relationship with key stakeholders.

Experience

Helen has held a number of senior roles at AMP, including Group Executive, Public Affairs and Chief of Staff, Director Brand and Marketing and Director Corporate Communications. Helen has over 20 years’ experience in corporate affairs, marketing and brand management across a range of industries in Australia and the UK in both consultancy and in-house roles.

Phil Pakes
Group Chief Risk Officer
Blair Vernon
Acting Chief Executive, AMP Australia
Phil Pakes
Group Chief Risk Officer

BSc (Hons) & FCA

Phil joined AMP in April 2019 as the Chief Audit Executive and was appointed Group Chief Risk Officer in April 2020. Phil has group wide responsibility for AMP’s risk management function.

Experience

Phil has more than 20 years’ experience in audit and risk management roles in the financial services industry.

Phil joined AMP from Citi Private Bank in Hong Kong where he held roles as the global Chief Auditor, Managing Director and Chief Audit Executive.

Phil also previously held senior roles in risk management and internal audit at Deutsche Bank and ABN AMRO in Hong Kong, as well as Bankers Trust in Australia and London.

Phil is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree in Physics from the University of Sheffield (UK). 

Blair Vernon
Acting Chief Executive, AMP Australia

Blair was appointed Acting Chief Executive, AMP Australia in August 2020. AMP Australia is AMP’s retail business in Australia, responsible for AMP’s wealth management and banking divisions with a focus on strengthening client-led outcomes.

Blair joined AMP in 2009 and became Chief Executive AMP Wealth Management, New Zealand in 2019. Blair was previously Managing Director from January 2017, and prior to this served as AMP’s Director Retail Financial Services; Director of Advice & Sales and General Manager Marketing and Distribution. Blair has over 25 years’ experience across the Financial Services sector in New Zealand and Australia.

 

Francesco De Ferrari
Chief Executive Officer
David Cullen
Group General Counsel
Francesco De Ferrari
Chief Executive Officer

MBA, BS (Econ) (IntBus) - Bachelor of Science in Economics and International Business

Francesco was appointed Chief Executive Officer of AMP Limited by the AMP Board, joining in December 2018. As CEO, he is responsible for leading the AMP business.

Francesco was appointed to the AMP Limited Board in January 2019 and the Boards of AMP Bank Limited and AMP Capital Holdings Limited Board in February 2019.

In August 2020, Francesco assumed the role of Acting Chief Executive for AMP Capital on an interim basis while a search process is conducted for a new CEO of that business.

Experience

Francesco has more than 20 years’ experience in the wealth management industry including private banking and management consulting. He spent 17 years in executive roles at Credit Suisse in Asia and Europe, leading businesses that grew substantially under his leadership.

During almost seven years as Head of Credit Suisse’s Asia Pacific private banking business, he overhauled the operating model, increased assets under management and profitability, and improved culture and controls within the business. As CEO of South East Asia and Frontier Markets, Mr De Ferrari was responsible for Credit Suisse’s business in Investment Banking, Global Markets, Private Banking in ASEAN and frontier markets across the Asia Pacific.

Francesco was conferred the Institute of Banking and Finance (IBF) Distinguished Fellow award in 2016 for excellence in professional stature, integrity and achievement in the financial industry.

David Cullen
Group General Counsel

BCom, LLB, LLM

David joined AMP in September 2004 and was appointed Group General Counsel in May 2018. David has group-wide responsibility for AMP’s legal and governance functions.

Experience

David has almost 25 years’ experience in the legal profession, with extensive experience in the areas of M&A, corporate law and corporate governance, having worked in law firms in Perth and Sydney and with the ASX.

Prior to his appointment as Group General Counsel, David was the Group Company Secretary & General Counsel, Governance at AMP, which included acting as Company Secretary for AMP Limited. David also worked full-time on AMP’s merger with AXA APH.

David holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws from the University of WA and a Master of Laws from the University of Sydney.  He is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia.

James Georgeson
Chief Financial Officer
Helen Livesey
Group Executive, People and Corporate Affairs
James Georgeson
Chief Financial Officer

BAcc, MCom & CA

James was appointed Chief Financial Officer in February 2020 after previously holding the position of Acting CFO from August 2019. James’ portfolio is also responsible for delivering AMP’s technology strategy, which includes data architecture, governance frameworks and cyber security strategy for the group.

Prior to this, he was Deputy Chief Financial Officer of AMP, with responsibility for AMP’s group performance reporting, strategic planning and forecasting, portfolio and capital management and AMP’s mergers and acquisitions functions.

In addition, James was appointed to the AMP Capital Holdings Limited Board in September 2020.

Experience

Since joining AMP in 2001, Mr Georgeson has held senior finance positions across the group including: Chief Financial Officer (AMP wealth management), Director of Group Finance, Chief Financial Officer (AMP New Zealand), Chief Risk Officer and Director of Strategy (AMP New Zealand).

James has 20 years’ experience in the finance industry.

James holds a Master of Commerce from Macquarie University, Bachelor of Accounting from University of Technology Sydney, and is a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand.

Helen Livesey
Group Executive, People and Corporate Affairs

BSc (Hons)

Helen joined AMP in 1999 and was appointed Group Executive, People and Corporate Affairs in May 2019. Helen leads the development of people systems, policies, processes and workforce strategies. She also has group-wide responsibility for brand, reputation, communications and managing the business’ relationship with key stakeholders.

Experience

Helen has held a number of senior roles at AMP, including Group Executive, Public Affairs and Chief of Staff, Director Brand and Marketing and Director Corporate Communications. Helen has over 20 years’ experience in corporate affairs, marketing and brand management across a range of industries in Australia and the UK in both consultancy and in-house roles.

Phil Pakes
Group Chief Risk Officer
Blair Vernon
Acting Chief Executive, AMP Australia
Phil Pakes
Group Chief Risk Officer

BSc (Hons) & FCA

Phil joined AMP in April 2019 as the Chief Audit Executive and was appointed Group Chief Risk Officer in April 2020. Phil has group wide responsibility for AMP’s risk management function.

Experience

Phil has more than 20 years’ experience in audit and risk management roles in the financial services industry.

Phil joined AMP from Citi Private Bank in Hong Kong where he held roles as the global Chief Auditor, Managing Director and Chief Audit Executive.

Phil also previously held senior roles in risk management and internal audit at Deutsche Bank and ABN AMRO in Hong Kong, as well as Bankers Trust in Australia and London.

Phil is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree in Physics from the University of Sheffield (UK). 

Blair Vernon
Acting Chief Executive, AMP Australia

Blair was appointed Acting Chief Executive, AMP Australia in August 2020. AMP Australia is AMP’s retail business in Australia, responsible for AMP’s wealth management and banking divisions with a focus on strengthening client-led outcomes.

Blair joined AMP in 2009 and became Chief Executive AMP Wealth Management, New Zealand in 2019. Blair was previously Managing Director from January 2017, and prior to this served as AMP’s Director Retail Financial Services; Director of Advice & Sales and General Manager Marketing and Distribution. Blair has over 25 years’ experience across the Financial Services sector in New Zealand and Australia.