AIA NZ is pleased to announce the appointment of Ben Lovelock as its new Chief Risk Officer, effective from 3 July 2023. Ben steps into the role following the retirement of AIA’s long-serving Chief Risk Officer, Doune Connett.
Ben Lovelock has over 19 years of industry experience spanning many Actuarial and Finance practice areas and joins AIA NZ from AIA Group.
Born and raised in Sydney, Ben holds a Master’s degree in Applied Finance from Macquarie University and a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce – Actuarial Studies and Information Systems from the University of New South Wales.
Ben has been with AIA Group since 2018 and has previously held roles as a Director in the Group Chief Actuary’s Office and Head of Ratings, Group Treasury. His nine years of Asia-based experience began with the Actuarial Services practice of PwC Hong Kong. Ben qualified as a Fellow member of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia (FIAA) after training as an actuary at AMP Australia.
AIA NZ CEO Nick Stanhope welcomes Ben to the team, saying “It’s great to have someone of Ben’s calibre and experience able to receive the baton from Doune and take on this critical role for AIA NZ.”
Ben says, “I’m really excited to be joining the AIA NZ family. It’s a great honour to step into this role and to lead the AIA Risk & Compliance team. I’m looking forward to helping deliver AIA’s purpose of helping people live Healthier, Longer, Better Lives”.
Doune Connett began her career in the mid-1980s, and she is recognised as one of New Zealand’s foremost actuaries. Throughout her career she has been committed to progressing the actuarial profession and has mentored and trained many of New Zealand’s actuaries.
Nick says, “Doune has an incredible legacy in the financial services industry. She has been a valuable member of the AIA NZ whānau having fulfilled the statutory role of Appointed Actuary for Sovereign from 2011 until 2018 and has held executive positions within the business since 2017. Her leadership, mentorship, and guidance will be missed by us all and we wish her all the best for her retirement”.