Brian Benari was appointed Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer in February 2012. Prior to this he was the company's first joint Group CFO/ Group COO, with oversight of Challenger's Treasury, Finance, Legal, Tax, Compliance, Information Technology, Investor and Government relations functions.
Prior to assuming the Group CFO/Group COO role in October 2008, Mr Benari was founding Chief Executive of Challenger's Mortgage Management division, which, with lending assets in excess of $23 billion and more than $100 billion of mortgages under management, was the largest non-bank mortgage lender and one of the largest issuers of Residential Mortgage Backed Securities in Australia. In 2009 this business was sold to National Australia Bank.
Having originally trained as a Chartered Accountant with Andersen, Mr Benari joined Challenger in March 2003 with many years of skills and experience from within the finance industry, both offshore and onshore. He has held a number of executive roles with institutions including JP Morgan, Bankers Trust and Macquarie Bank.