George Savvides

George Savvides

Master of Business Administration (1985)

Former infront of Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Medibank Private

George Savvides was appointed Managing Director of Medibank Private, Australia's largest health insurer, in early 2002. The organisation has enjoyed record membership growth and strong financial performance and expanded into health services as well as health insurance. Medibank's revenue has grown to over $5 billion per annum with a customer base of 3.7 million people.

"When I talked to friends who were doing MBAs elsewhere I realised UTS was much more practical, but that seems to be in the DNA of UTS"

George has a degree in Engineering from UNSW and an MBA from UTS.

"I enjoyed the UTS experience because the lecturers weren't just from the academic stream. They also employed men and women who had senior executive roles in the broader commercial market place and appointed them to the evening class faculty. They weren't just delivering a theoretical proposition but real boiler plate-tested practice with excellent case studies. When I talked to friends who were doing MBAs elsewhere I realised UTS was much more practical, but that seems to be in the DNA of UTS."

George has twenty years experience in the Australian health care industry, he is a member of the BCA (Business Council of Australia), he serves as Vice President on the Council of Management for iFHP (International Federation of Health Plans) and is Chairman of Arrow Leadership Australia. He has just retired as a Non-Executive Director of World Vision after twelve years service.

Interview with George Savvides

How did someone who studied industrial engineering at university become one of Australia's most visionary thinkers on the future of the nation's health policy? Click here to read the full interview.