Ellie Comerford


Ellie Comerford
CEW Member

Hollard Insurance Australia
Non-Executive Director

Ellie is a result oriented, high-energy, senior executive who has consistently achieved sustainable financial and business objectives within start-up, turnaround and change environments; most recently as CEO and Managing Director of Genworth Australia (ASX:GMA).
Extensive experience across a range of areas; banking and finance, insurance, structured finance and capital markets, risk management, operational and organisation transformation, people and culture development and key stakeholder management including shareholders, governments, communities, regulators, consumers and industry bodies.
Proven track record operating successfully at C-level executive and directorship level for the last fifteen years.

Ellie was Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director at Genworth Australia (ASX: GMA) from 2010 to 2015. In leading the business, Ellie introduced a range of strategic initiatives to support customers, industry stakeholders and employees of all levels. Most notably during her tenure at Genworth, Ellie lead the company to a successful IPO on the ASX in May 2014.

A passionate advocate of corporate social responsibility, Ellie champions a number of initiatives with community partners including those addressing Australia’s challenge with homelessness. As a member of Australian Business Community Network Council, Ellie partnered with business leaders to provide opportunities and learning skills to both leaders of low socio-economic schools and disadvantaged students.

Before joining Genworth, Ellie worked at First American Financial Corporation, a leading global title and specialty insurance company for close to a decade. Prior to that she worked at Citigroup for close to 14 years in various roles.

“I am delighted to have advanced the cause for gender equality during my time at Genworth culminating in successfully achieving WGEA accreditation in 2015. Women comprised more than 45% of the workforce and 50% of the leadership team at Genworth. I applaud the efforts of CEW and look forward to engaging in and supporting the advancement of women in leadership in financial services and more broadly in Australia.

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