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BNZ: New Executive Appointments And Organisational Changes

BNZ Announces New Executive Appointments And Organisational Changes

BNZ has announced significant changes to its leadership team and structure in order to sharpen the company’s capacity to meet the needs of its customers in a fast-changing environment.

“BNZ’s overarching mission is a clear one: to help New Zealanders be good with money,” says CEO Anthony Healy.

“To achieve this, BNZ needs to focus on a few key initiatives, execute them well, and combine some areas of activity where it makes sense to do so.

“The changes to my leadership team I’ve announced today put this intent into action, in a way that I’m convinced will benefit our customers, build on BNZ’s strengths and help us to win in key markets.

“The changes will ensure we are best positioned to thrive in an environment characterised by rapid and complex technological, competitive and regulatory change.”

The changes are:
• Current Chief Marketing Officer, Craig Herbison, has been appointed as Director, Retail and Marketing, a move which merges BNZ’s retail and marketing operations.
• BNZ’s acting Director of Retail, David Bullock, has been appointed Director, Products and Technology, charged with building on BNZ’s strong leadership in digital products and services.
• Martin Gaskell, currently Chief Operating Officer - BNZ Partners, will take up the role of Director, Customer Fulfilment Services. This role will focus on customer retention and simplifying bank processes for the benefit of customers.
• Richard Griffiths, currently Head of Next Gen NZ Enterprise Transformation, has been appointed Director, Strategy and Business Performance. He replaces the current Director, Strategy and Business Performance and Acting Director, Enterprise Services, Michelle van Gaalen, who is leaving BNZ to take up an executive role at another organisation, which will be announced in due course.
• Peter Whitelaw has been appointed Chief Risk Officer, replacing Renee Roberts, who joined National Australia Bank (NAB) in August. Peter joins BNZ from NAB, where his most recent role was General Manager, Group Market Risk.

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Mr Healy noted that the appointments underline the importance BNZ places on fostering leadership from within its own ranks.

“I congratulate these highly respected senior leaders from within the NAB Group, all of whom combine long experience with technical expertise, a proven track record in delivering enterprise-wide results, and a real passion for meeting BNZ’s customer promises,” he said.

BNZ executive team members Shelley Ruha (Director, Partners), Annie Brown (Director, People and Communications) and Adrienne Duarte (Chief Financial Officer) retain their current roles.

The changes announced today are effective immediately and remain subject to regulatory approvals.


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