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Former Allianz deputy GM joins PEXA board

The digital property settlement group has confirmed a new addition to its leadership, appointing Helen Silver AO as a non-executive director.

Ms Silver brings over 20 years of experience in the economic and financial sectors to the role, with her most recent position being the deputy general manager of insurance agency Allianz Insurance. 

She first joined Allianz Insurance in 2013, also serving as the chief general manager of workers’ compensation and chief general manager of corporate governance and conduct during her tenure. 

Preceding her time with the insurance agency, Mr Silver was the regional general manager, government business, with NAB from 2006 to 2008, while also holding the position of secretary in the Victorian government’s Department of Premier and Cabinet from 2008 to 2013. 

From 1993 to 1999, Ms Silver was also the Productivity Commission’s first assistant commissioner. 

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Her time with PEXA Group began earlier this week (10 May). 

Speaking on Ms Silver’s appointment, PEXA Group chairperson Mark Joiner said that her background would compound the group’s pre-existing experience toward the group’s growth strategy. 

“We are delighted to have attracted someone of Helen’s calibre as an independent non-executive director of the company,” he said. 

“Her extensive experience across both government and financial services serves as an excellent complement to our existing board and will no doubt add value to the broader PEXA Group as we continue to execute our growth strategy.” 

The confirmation of Ms Silver’s appointment comes less than 12 months after PEXA revealed it had named two new additions to its non-executive board

In June, less than one month after the digital property settlement was publicly listed, the group confirmed it had named then-SCA Property Group non-executive Dr Kirstin Ferguson and non-executive of the investment manager Challenger Melanie Willis to its ranks. 

Ms Silver’s appointment also comes in the wake of a series of expansions made by the settlement platform.

In December, PEXA’s first online property settlement transaction was lodged in the ACT, less than three months after it was granted approval to establish an Electronic Lodgement Network in the territory

In February, PEXA Group revealed that its data business, PEXA Insights, had begun making moves to acquire over one-third of the property start-up, Landchecker.

PEXA chief data and analytics officer Scott Butterworth said at the time that the vision of this acquisition was to “provide a richer service offering to our customers” and that PEXA believes this move would enhance its position as a trusted resource for data.

[Related: PEXA makes board changes ahead of ASX listing]

Former Allianz deputy GM joins PEXA board
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Sam Nichols

Sam Nichols is a journalist at The Adviser and Mortgage Business. His reporting has featured in a range of outlets including ABC News, SBS' The Feed, and VICE.

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