Financial services executive Michael Pennisi and experienced strategist Rob Ewin join Nous

Financial services executive Michael Pennisi and experienced strategist Rob Ewin join Nous


We are pleased to announce the appointment of two new Principals: Michael Pennisi, a financial services executive who was previously CEO of QSuper, and Rob Ewin, a strategy consultant who previously worked with PwC and with Bain and Co.

Michael is an accomplished people leader, change agent and strategist who has overseen and delivered significant transformation, product development, strategy, cultural and business change programs. He brings deep experience in financial services, spanning superannuation, investment management, life insurance, financial advice and strategy. He has spent more than 30 years in the sector, holding CEO and executive committee roles in large Australian financial services organisations.   

Prior to joining Nous, Michael was the CEO of the QSuper Group. Michael was on the board of the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors (ACSI) and was an active contributor in the development of retirement income policy. Michael was previously Managing Director of Corporate Strategy at QIC and had prior roles with the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (previously the Insurance and Superannuation Commission) and AMP.    

“I am very much looking forward to being part of Nous, making a difference and working with clients to find solutions to pressing challenges and helping them grasp opportunities,” Michael said. 

Rob works with organisations to set strategic direction and drive transformational change. He brings over 15 years of experience with public and private sector clients in Australia and the UK. Rob works alongside senior leadership teams to set strategic direction and objectives, to make significant decisions and identify trade-offs, and to design and manage complex enterprise-wide programs. 

Prior to Nous, Rob worked with consulting firms Strategy&, PwC and Bain and Co., where he worked on a wide range of strategy, transformation and turnaround programs. Beyond consulting, Rob is passionate about entrepreneurship and has advised several early-stage companies on business model design, disruptive technology trends and growth strategies.  

“I’m delighted to join the Nous team in the Canberra office and am looking forward to working with our Federal Government clients to drive their ambitious policy, reform and transformation agendas,” Rob said. 

Tim Orton, the CEO and Managing Principal of Nous, said Michael and Rob brought deep experience to their roles at Nous. 

“Having worked for decades in superannuation, including as a CEO of a major fund, Michael offers unparalleled experience in financial services. His experience will further enhance Nous’ Financial Services team, led by Tony Fiddes,” Tim said. 

“Rob brings global experience to his role at Nous. His appointment to our Canberra office, led by Penny Gregory, is a further demonstration of why Nous is increasingly being sought by Federal Government agencies to support them on their biggest challenges.” 

Connect with Michael and Rob on LinkedIn or contact Nous today to arrange a meeting. 

Michael Pennisi and Rob Ewin

Published on 7 September 2022