AIA New Zealand is pleased to announce the appointment of Michele Embling as an Independent Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Board Audit and Risk Committee, from 1 October 2023.
Michele is an experienced Chair and Board Member for multiple private, not for profit, and public sector entities. She is currently Chair of the External Reporting Board (XRB), and holds other governance roles at Transpower New Zealand, Toitū Tahua – The Centre for Sustainable Finance, the Australian Financial Reporting Council, and the University of Auckland’s Business School Advisory Board. She is a fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and a former member of their Nominations and Governance Committee.
Michele served as Chair of PwC in New Zealand from 2016 to 2020, was a partner for 15 years and held numerous leadership, executive and governance roles within PwC in New Zealand and Asia. She served as Co-Chair of Champions for Change from 2018 to 2020 and from 2011 to 2018 was a board member and Deputy Chair of Global Women.
Throughout her career Michele has been motivated to serve in the public interest – including overseeing the establishment and monitoring of New Zealand's external reporting framework, advocating for diverse and inclusive leadership and more recently rising to the challenges and opportunities arising from climate change and sustainability concerns.
AIA NZ Chair Theresa Gattung says of the appointment, “We are delighted to have Michele Embling join the AIA NZ Board. With her extensive leadership and governance experience across Asia-Pacific, Michele brings great insight, perspective, and strategic leadership to AIA NZ”.
AIA NZ CEO Nick Stanhope also welcomed Michele’s appointment: “As the country’s largest life insurer, having a strong, experienced, and diverse Board is critically important to achieving our Purpose of helping New Zealanders live Healthier, Longer, Better Lives. We are honoured to have Michele step onto our Board.”