Naomi has over 28 years’ experience in the New Zealand life insurance industry. She was a founding employee of Sovereign, which is now the largest player in the New Zealand marketplace. She rose through the ranks at Sovereign to become Chief Operating Officer with direct responsibility for over 600 staff.
Naomi left Sovereign after 11 years to found Club Life in 2001. She sold Club Life to ING NZ in early 2004 and remained Managing Director for over five years, during which period ING Life experienced rapid growth to become the second-largest life company in New Zealand by new business market share.
She resigned from ING in September 2009 to build Us Advice, which is a unique concept for the provision of financial advice to New Zealand families. She met up with some old friends in November 2010 and as a result of a lively discussion about the current state of the New Zealand life assurance industry, is now in the middle of building her third life insurance company – Partners Life Limited – alongside Sovereign Founder Chris Coon.
Naomi has a reputation for tackling the tough issues and being honest and upfront about both the potential of and the problems facing today’s financial services industry. She is also a sought-after motivational speaker – inspiring audiences with the personal stories behind the success.
Naomi loves sports and is currently representing at Masters level in both hockey and table-tennis. She is married with one son, five pets and a very patient husband.