Trail-blazing local actuary and long-time head of Aon Hewitt NZ, Janet Brownlie, died earlier this month after an illness.
In a short statement, her family said: “It is with great sadness that we share the news that Janet Brownlie (nee Hayden) passed away on Friday 1st May 2020 at home surrounded by her family.”
Following a varied career path in the financial services industry, Janet led Aon Hewitt NZ from 2010 through to 2017, remaining as director and chair of the group’s KiwiSaver and master trust schemes until 2019.
She was one of the few women to head a major NZ financial services business and the first in the country to graduate as an actuary.
A ‘Women in Super’ tribute described her as “passionate about superannuation and the need for women to understand their own financial future”.
Aon colleague and friend, Amanda Beeslaar, said:“Janet loved solving problems and she certainly dealt with, and resolved, a few of those over the years. She was passionate and caring about the people she worked with, and created a very close-knit work family.
“And she mentored many and was well-respected in the financial services industry, especially by the people who had the good fortune to work with her.
Actuaries can sometimes have the reputation for being boring, but Janet certainly was not! She was game for anything. She loved going to concerts…Adam Lambert and Guns N’ Roses to name a few. She even dressed up as Ellen DeGeneres to host a talk show and interview people, at a conference of course….
“Go in peace my friend, at least you are free of pain now. We will certainly be there to celebrate and remember you when the time is right.”
She was 60 years old.
A memorial will be held when circumstances allow for larger gatherings.