Theresa Gattung


With a professional background spanning financial services, telecommunications and agriculture, I am passionate about business and currently hold a number of governance positions.

Current Board positions held:

Chair, AIA Australia Ltd.  March 2010 – present (director from May 2009)
Australia’s largest Group Life Insurance Company. AIA Australia won the Australian & New Zealand Insurance & Finance (ANZIIF) Life Insurance Company of the Year 2012, 2013 and 2015 and the Australian Financial Review Smart Investor Life Company of the Year 2012.


Co-founder My Food Bag.  March 2013 – present The goal of My Food Bag is to bring inspiring, nutritionally-balanced tasty recipes and the best of New Zealand and Australian seasonal produce together and deliver it to your home. The company has grown very quickly and I have taken an active role in its management, marketing and direction. 


Chair, Telco Technology Services.  November 2011 – present
Private company established to take advantage of the shift to cloud solutions, which is now one of the largest IT players in the education sector in NZ.


Chair, Co.OfWomen.  March 2016 – present.
A community, support and learning organisation exclusively for women entrepreneurs, and those planning to be.  Their focus is on one thing, success and how to achieve more of it, faster.


Chair, Wellington SPCA.  March 2011 – present
Major financial turnaround completed in the last two years and substantial REHOME SPCA project almost completed.  



Inducted into the Marketing Hall of Fame at the 2015 TVNZ Marketing Awards.  “A big swinging executive, author, philanthropist, entrepreneur, business leader and an inspiration to women, Theresa Gattung has done it all.”  August 2015.


Recognised in the 2015 New Year’s Honours List by being made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to business and philanthropy.



AIA Australia wins ANZIIF’s Life Insurance Company of the Year Award for 2015 (349KB PDF)
AIA Australia is continuing its successful run in ANZIIF’s insurance industry awards, after picking up the ‘Life Insurance Company of the Year Award’ in Sydney on Wednesday night. It is the third time AIA Australia has won the award in the last four years.

“AIA Australia goes ‘back-to-back’ by winning the 2013 ANZIIF Life Insurance Company of the Year Award”, AIA Australia: 15 August 2013 (163KB PDF)
For the second year running, life insurance specialists AIA Australia have been named Life Insurance Company of the Year at the 10th Annual Australian Insurance Industry Awards.

“AIA Group Limited First Quarter 2013 New Business Highlights” AIA Group: 26 April 2013 (138KB PDF)
AIA delivers record first quarter.

“AIA Australia posts 9.7% Annual Growth”, AIA Australia: 14 March 2013 (244KB PDF)

“AIA Australia wins 2012 Financial Review Smart Investor Blue Ribbon Life Company of the Year”, AIA Australia: 29 August 2012 (141KB PDF)
Life insurance specialists AIA Australia has been named 2012 Financial Review Smart Investor Blue Ribbon Life Company of the Year.

“Leading insurance industry body names AIA Australia Life Insurance Company of the Year”, AIA Australia: 21 August 2012 (30KB PDF)
Life insurance specialists AIA Australia has been named 2012 Life Insurance Company of the Year at the 9th Annual Australian Insurance Industry Awards.


The Female Factor, New Zealand Listener, 11-17 August 2012 (1.3MB PDF)
Theresa Gattung on new measures being implemented that will help lift women into senior leadership positions and board rooms across New Zealand.

Gattung Finds Making a Mint is Easy, Australian: August 2011 (355KB PDF)
Theresa Gattung speaks to the Weekend Australian about the experience of being a non-executive director, and smart investing for a secure future.

Best advice: Gattung, AFR BOSS: July 2010 (617KB PDF)An interview with Theresa Gattung on life strategies for CEOs, creating an outstanding management group and the shifts needed for a winning team culture in an organisation.

Aussie approach works: Gattung, Dominion Post: May 2010 (202KB PDF)
Theresa Gattung urges Australia and New Zealand to set aside business culture differences and work more closely on exports, such as a joint food supply chain to feed hundreds of millions in Asia.

Board Appointment – AIA Australia: March 2010 (29KB PDF)
AIA Australia Limited has announced the appointment of Theresa Gattung as Chair of its Board of Directors.

Success at Domotex is good news for growers: January 2010 (62KB PDF)
The Domotex trade show in Hanover this month signalled substantial progress in the campaign to improve returns to New Zealand’s strong wool growers.