The Asteron Life team

The Asteron Life executive team is made up of industry leaders in life insurance, financial services and management. Together they have a wealth of experience, supported by a strong track-record in the development and delivery of innovative life insurance products and services. With a team of more than 250 dedicated professionals Australia wide, they have positioned Asteron Life as one of Australia’s leading life insurers, which is reflected through a string of industry awards.

Geoff Summerhayes

CEO, Suncorp Life

Geoff Summerhayes

Geoff joined Suncorp in his current role in May 2008 following more than 20 years of property and financial services experience at Lend Lease, MLC and NAB. Prior to joining Suncorp he held senior executive roles in distribution and product management in NAB’s Business Bank, Strategy and Business Development for NAB’s Australia and Asia Region and was prior to that, CEO Retail Investments at MLC.

Geoff has refocused Asteron Life as a life insurance specialist and is driving shareholder value by becoming the leading life insurer to IFAs.

 

Sean Carroll

Executive General Manager, Product and Service, Suncorp Life Australia

Sean Carroll

Sean was appointed Executive General Manager (EGM) of Product & Service for Suncorp Life in February 2012. In his role, he heads up the delivery of Product and Service within Suncorp Life’s Life and Superannuation and Investment functions. Those products are sold through two fully-focused channels: Adviser Distribution and Direct Customer. Product & Service also includes pricing, claims, underwriting, administration, call centre and reinsurance functions across the Suncorp Life business.

Sean was previously EGM of Suncorp Life New Zealand, responsible for the NZ based activities of the respected Asteron Life and AA Life brands. In that role, Sean’s focus was to strengthen the position of those brands in the Intermediated and Direct Risk markets, in a rapidly evolving and increasingly regulated market. Prior to that role, Sean was Managing Director of Asteron Life New Zealand, where he establed Asteron Life as a leader in the New Zealand market, building on a philosophy of mutually profitable relationships, integrity and strong customer focus.

Sean has a long history with Asteron Life and its predecessor companies, originally joining Sun Alliance in UK in 1988, before re-locating to Sydney in 1995 as Product Development Actuary. Since that time, Sean was Director, Life & Funds Management, Asia for Royal Sun Alliance, and from 2000 to 2004, General Manager, Life Risk for Asteron Life in Australia.

An actuary by training, Sean holds a Bachelor of Science with Honours (in Mathematics) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries (UK), Institute of Actuaries of Australia, and the New Zealand Society of Actuaries. 

 

Lisa Harrison

Executive General Manager, Customer Distribution, Suncorp Life

Lisa Harrison

Lisa Harrison leads Suncorp Life’s Customer Distribution division. In her role, she is accountable for the value proposition and channel strategy to direct customers of both Life and Superannuation & Investment products.

Lisa has been with the Suncorp Group for over 8 years, having most recently held senior roles within the Group’s Personal Insurance line of business. During her time at Suncorp, Lisa has gained an exceptional reputation for her expertise in strategy, business planning and strategic marketing. Lisa’s proven focus of putting the customer at the forefront and her strong experience in marketing has been recognised by a multitude of national and international marketing awards.

Prior to joining Suncorp, Lisa held various roles within the Commonwealth Bank and Royal & Sun Alliance.

Lisa holds an MBA from Macquarie Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Commerce.

 

Jordan Hawke

Executive General Manager, Adviser Distribution, Asteron Life

Jordan Hawke

Jordan Hawke was appointed Executive General Manager, Adviser Distribution at Asteron Life in February 2012. In his role, he has responsibility for driving Intermediated distribution for Asteron Life, Guardian Advice, Standard Pacific and channel and dealer support services.

Jordan joined Asteron Life as General Manager in April 2008.

Jordan is a qualified accountant and has been in the Financial Services Industry for 26 years. He joined the industry with Legal & General, and held positions with a number of large financial services firms, including MLC and Tower, before joining Asteron Life.

Jordan is extremely passionate about the life insurance industry and since joining Asteron Life has grown the Asteron Life business and set a number of important initiatives in motion which promise to enhance this trend. 

  

Mark Bower

Executive Manager, Service Delivery & Innovation

Mark Bower

Mark started with Asteron Life as Executive Manager Service and Innovation in January 2008. In his role Mark manages a large team of people including Life Customer Service and New Business, and has responsibility for a variety of service innovation projects.

Previous to joining Asteron Life, Mark held a number of senior service management roles in financial services firms, including AMP (1985-1995) and Tower Australia (2001-2007).
 

 

Amanda Crews

Executive Manager, Brand, Marketing & Corporate Affairs, Customer Distribution, Suncorp Life

John Kraszula

Amanda Crews was appointed Executive Manager, Brand, Marketing & Corporate Affairs for Suncorp Life in June 2013. In her role, she is responsible for driving brand and product awareness, consideration to buy, and telling our story to the market, be that to end customers, advisers, industry or investment analysts. Brands include Asteron Life, Guardian Advice and Standard Pacific.

Amanda joined Asteron in 2006 as a consultant to develop its first internal communication strategy. She returned in 2007 to manage the wealth management integration as part of the Promina/Suncorp merger. She joined Suncorp full time as its Executive Manager Corporate Affairs Suncorp Life in 2008.

In roles between starting her career as a journalist with the Canberra Times, to leading the Brand, Marketing & Corporate Affairs team, she has held executive roles with Austrade and Optus. In 2001 she established her own communication consultancy Ucomm, with a client list including Qantas, IAG, Commonwealth Bank and Medicare Australia. 

Amanda is an awarded communications professional who brings a wealth of strategic communications experience to the role, a passion for Customer at the Forefront and a proven ability to develop leading communications capabilities.

 

John Kraszula

Executive Manager, Risk Assessment

Amanda Crews

John joined Asteron Life in January 2004 as Underwriting and Technical Development Manager. He was appointed to the role of Executive Manager of Risk Assessment in May 2005.

John is responsible for Asteron Life’s underwriting functions within the Risk Assessment teams, located in each of Asteron Life's state branches. John is also responsible for managing Asteron Life’s Technical & Development teams, which researches and develops Asteron Life's underwriting guidelines and philosophies.

John has more than 20 years underwriting experience with the last 10 years spent in senior technical and managerial roles.

 

Mark Vilo

Executive Manager, National Sales, Asteron Life

Mark Vilo

Mark Vilo has worked in the insurance and financial services industry for over 20 years, and has held a number of senior executive roles across product, marketing, underwriting and sales during this time.

Mark was appointed Executive Manager, National Sales in September 2010. He is an integral part of Asteron Life‘s management team, responsible for leading the organisation’s state sales teams to align Asteron Life’s activities to ASFLs’ strategies, and delivering on the overall adviser experience.

Prior to joining Asteron Life, Mark was Head of Key Account Management for ING, where he oversaw ING’s key account relationships and service-offering development for aligned and open market licensees. In that role his specific focus was on superannuation, investments and insurance. He joined this business in 2005 as head of their life risk product and marketing team.

Mark’s depth of experience across all aspects of the life risk market has equipped him with the focus and discipline needed to execute Asteron Life’s strategy aligned to independent financial advisers (IFAs).

 

Asteron Life™ is committed to providing customers with long term financial security. We provide life insurance products including Income Protection Covers, Trauma Cover, Total & Permanent Disablement (TPD) Cover, Life Cover and Business Expenses Cover. We are committed to helping customers get - and stay - healthy for life, by giving customers access to the Asteron Life Wellbeing Program. To obtain a copy of our privacy statement, please contact us on 1800 221 727 or visit the following website www.asteronlife.com.au/privacy to view or download the policy.