Group Executive, Financial Services & Chief Commentator
Bachelor of Economics, University of Queensland; Master of Business Administration (MBA), University of Melbourne
Steve Mickenbecker is in Canstar’s Group Executive Team, bringing more than 30 years of experience in the Australian financial services industry. As a financial commentator for Canstar, Steve enjoys sharing his expertise across topics such as home loans, superannuation, insurance, mortgages, banking, credit cards, investment, budgeting, money management and more.
Steve regularly speaks with leading media outlets across Australia. He is often featured on the morning TV programs Sunrise and the Today Show and leading evening TV news programs including Seven News (7NEWS), Nine News (9News), SBS and The Project. He also provides regular commentary to publications such as the Australian Financial Review, Banking Day, Business Insider, The Courier-Mail, The Daily Mail, The Daily Telegraph, The Herald Sun, Mamamia, news.com.au, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Australian, The New Daily and Yahoo Finance.
Steve brings more than a decade of experience at Canstar, with his earlier responsibilities including managing operations and developing the future direction for the business, as well as leading the ratings, PR and editorial teams in providing valuable financial insights and commentary. Today, Steve continues to support the design of Canstar’s financial expert ratings and the group’s strategy development.
Steve started his finance career with National Australia Bank (NAB), gaining more than 20 years experience across business disciplines including branch management, corporate advisory, strategy, credit, regional and district management. He was also a head of business. During his tenure at NAB, Steve undertook various strategic projects, working with consultants such as McKinsey and Corporate Value Associates. Steve has also worked for Suncorp in Group Strategy, as well as in leadership roles specialising in small business and customer segmentation.
During his professional career, Steve has worked through stagflation, interest rates at 18% and the recession “we had to have”. The digital revolution has opened up a brave new world for fintech to play in, and Steve anticipates that it will be better for customers – as well as more exciting for providers – in the future.
Joined Canstar: 2007