Wendy Thorpe has been the Chief Information Officer at AXA, with responsibility for Australia and New Zealand since 1 January 2003. She initially joined AXA (then NMFM) in December 1990, as a Senior Business Analyst, working in the funds management business.
From 1991 through to 1994, Wendy managed a range of systems and business projects for the off-shore funds management businesses both on-site and from Melbourne. She was promoted during this time to lead the international (ex Australia) systems area.
In 1995, Wendy was Manager Business Services for National Mutual Funds Management, (NMFM) based in Australia. This role included responsibility for the accounting, finance and investment performance reporting of NMFM. She became Manager Global Systems in 1997 and during this period, Wendy led the IS design team across all areas of NMFM, as part of the proposed merger with MLC.
Wendy worked with Ian Campbell to structure and negotiate the agreement with Accenture IN 1999, to bring about a transformation program across all of information systems. Wendy then became the Break Fix Manager, responsible for production support, and for putting the first common processes and metrics in place across the newly formed Break Fix Team.
Prior to joining AXA, Wendy spent five years with Australian Unity, the last three of which were as the IS Manager for the group, and two years with a government authority. She has formal qualifications with a Bachelor of Arts (French major), Bachelor of Business (accounting major), and a Graduate Diploma in Finance and Investment.