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Former Aussie Home Loan CEO John Symond catches up with pal and former Olympian Jane Flemming

Friends like these! Former Aussie Home Loan CEO John Symond catches up with his long-time friend former Olympian Jane Flemming at a Double Bay cafe and he generously foots the bill with cash


Last year he announced his retirement from Aussie Home Loans after almost 29 years on the job.

And former CEO John Symond, 74, appeared to be enjoying his life of leisure this week when he caught up with long time friend Jane Flemming, 56.

The businessman and the Olympian enjoyed a laugh together at a Double Bay cafe.

Twilight years: John Symond, 74, appeared to be enjoying his life of leisure this week, when he caught up with long time friend Jane Flemming, 56.

John made sure to pick up the bill for the meal, paying from a wad of cash. 

His pal Flemming is best known for representing Australia in track and field events in two Olympic Games, as well as for winning two gold medals in the 1990 Auckland Commonwealth Games.

The legend behind the ‘we’ll save you’ catch-cry retired from Aussie Home Loans after almost 29 years on the job last year. 

John retired following an incredibly rewarding career spanning over three decades. 

Friends like these! John made sure to pick up the bill for the meal, paying from a wad of cash

Friends like these! John made sure to pick up the bill for the meal, paying from a wad of cash

He said at the time of his retirement that the company, which is now known simply as Aussies, remained in good hands with his nephew James Symond as CEO.

Geoff Austin, who worked as director of Colonial Mutual Assurance and AIA Australia, replaced John as chairman of Aussie.

‘I have had a long and rewarding journey with Aussie, which now has a team of over 1000 people – covering staff, mortgage brokers and franchisees in over 200 stores across Australia,’ John told Nine News at the time.  

Warning: The casual lunch outing comes after Symond voiced his concern over upcoming changes to home loan lending rules

Warning: The casual lunch outing comes after Symond voiced his concern over upcoming changes to home loan lending rules

‘I am most proud of leading the revolution that has helped millions of Australian consumers by lowering their costs through increased competition amongst the major lenders in providing cheaper interest rates and better customer service.’

In 1992, John founded Aussie Home Loans and took on the four big banks by changing the mortgage market. 

As for his personal life, he has been married to his wife Amber McDonald since 2016. 

He also has two children, Stephen Symond and Deborah Symond O’Neill, who is the founder of online fashion website Mode Sportif. 

The legend behind the 'we'll save you' catch-cry retired from Aussie Home Loans after almost 29 years on the job last year. He is pictured here with his wife Amber

The legend behind the ‘we’ll save you’ catch-cry retired from Aussie Home Loans after almost 29 years on the job last year. He is pictured here with his wife Amber 

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