At Momentum Life we believe in people, we reward hard work, cultivate talent and promote the on-going growth of all employees. Our business is backed by an experienced Board of Directors, with years of experience developing and leading successful financial services businesses. Our strategic vision and goals are developed and executed by our highly qualified and passionate Executive Team.
Our board of directors bring a wealth of industry experience and knowledge to Momentum Life, providing principled and strategic governance to the business.
Martin Philipsen is the Non-Executive Chairman of Momentum Life. He is an experienced director with over 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry across New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom.
He is currently the CEO of Fundit.co.nz and Director of ICBC NZ. He previously held senior executive positions at Bank of Australia and NAB, where he specialised in strategic planning, risk management, and developing and overseeing corporate governance frameworks. Martin was a member of the Reserve Bank NZ Expert Panel from 2014-16.
Martin holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration (Accounting) from Victoria University of Wellington, and is a member of the NZ Institute of Chartered Accountants and the NZ Institute of Directors.
Russell Howden is the Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director of Momentum Life. He has over 30 years’ experience in the life and general insurance industry. He began his insurance career in South Africa, holding senior executive positions with Capital Alliance Life, AA Life and AIG.
In July 2000 Russell founded the Australian life insurance company PrefSure Life, and ran it until March 2004. He then founded BlueInc Group, which today provides innovative direct life insurance solutions to over 100,000 clients in Australia and New Zealand.
Russell holds a Bachelor of Accounting Science from the University of South Africa, as well as a Diploma of Financial Services (Financial Planning) from the International Institute of Technology.
Thomas Grogan is a Non-Executive Director of Momentum Life. He has over 45 years of insurance industry experience across Australia & New Zealand. He recently retired from Hannover Re, where he began his career in 1972.
With a wealth of industry experience that spans Reinsurance, Group, Retail & Direct insurance, Thomas retired from Hannover Re as the General Manager of Business Development. Thomas oversaw the growth and profitability development of Hannover Re’s life business portfolio in Australia and New Zealand, including the acquisition of the company’s largest direct distribution client. He was also directly responsible for managing the underwriting, claims and actuarial pricing teams.
He became a qualified accountant in 1977 and completed an Advanced Management Program through the University of Hawaii.
Momentum Life has an experienced and diverse team of executives, each with a long history in the insurance industry and their respective fields.
At Momentum Life, we’re committed to providing you with the best service possible. If you have any questions about your existing policy or would like to take out cover, simply contact us by phone 0800 111 679 or email.
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