Westpac Group

Executive team

Gail Kelly

HigherDipEd, BA, MBA with Distinction, HonDBus
Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer

Gail Kelly

Gail began her banking career in 1980 in South Africa, and by 2001 she had held various senior management roles in a broad range of areas including retail and commercial banking, strategy, marketing and human resources. Gail has spent over eleven years as Chief Executive Officer of two Australian banks, St.George Bank from 2002 to 2007 and Westpac from 1 February 2008 to date.

Gail holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and Higher Diploma of Education from Cape Town University, an MBA with Distinction from the University of Witwatersrand, and an Honorary Doctorate of Business from Charles Sturt University.

Gail is Chairman of the Australian Bankers’ Association and a non-executive director of the Business Council of Australia and the Financial Markets Foundation for Children. She sits on the Global Board of Advisers at the US Council on Foreign Relations and is a member of the Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust. Gail is also CARE Australia's Ambassador for Women's Empowerment.

Philip Coffey

BEc (Hons).
Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Phil Coffey

Philip was appointed Deputy Chief Executive Officer in April 2014 with responsibility for overseeing Westpac’s contribution to the Federal Government’s Financial System Inquiry and supporting relationships with key stakeholders including industry groups, regulators, customers and government. He is also responsible for the Group’s strategy, mergers and acquisitions function. Prior to this appointment, Philip held the role of Chief Financial Officer from December 2005. Previous to this he was Group Executive, Westpac Institutional Bank, having been appointed to that position in 2002. Philip first joined Westpac in 1996 as Head of Foreign Exchange.

He has extensive experience in financial markets, funds management and finance. He began his career at the Reserve Bank of Australia before moving to Citicorp and AIDC Limited. He has also held roles in the United Kingdom and New Zealand. Philip has an honours degree in Economics from the University of Adelaide and has completed the Executive Programme at Stanford University Business School.

John Arthur

LLB (Hons).
Chief Operating Officer

John Arthur

John was appointed Chief Operating Officer on 24 November 2011 with responsibility for Group Services, which encompasses technology, banking operations, property, compliance, legal and secretariat services. He joined Westpac as Group Executive, Counsel & Secretariat on 1 December 2008. Before that appointment, John was Managing Director and CEO of Investa Property Group. Previously, John has been a partner at Freehills and Group General Counsel of Lend Lease Limited. He also served as Chairman of legal firm Gilbert + Tobin and has had a distinguished career as a legal partner, corporate executive and non-executive director.

Brad Cooper

DipBM, MBA.
Chief Executive Officer, BT Financial Group

Brad Cooper

Brad was appointed Chief Executive Officer, BT Financial Group on 1 February 2010.

Brad initially joined Westpac in April 2007 as Chief Executive, Westpac New Zealand Limited and after successfully leading a change program in that market, moved to the role of Group Chief Transformation Officer leading the Westpac Group’s St.George merger implementation.

Prior to joining Westpac, Brad was Chairman of GE Capital Bank and CEO of GE Consumer Finance UK & Ireland. He drove GE's UK Six Sigma program and was certified as a Quality Leader (Black Belt) in December 2002. He was promoted to CEO of GE Consumer Finance UK in January 2003 and appointed Chairman of GE Capital Bank in April 2004.

George Frazis

B Eng (Hons), MBA (AGSM / Wharton).
Chief Executive Officer, St.George Banking Group

George Frazis

George was appointed Chief Executive Officer, St.George Banking Group in April 2012. Prior to this appointment, George joined the Westpac Group in March 2009 as Chief Executive, Westpac New Zealand Limited. George is highly experienced in the financial services industry. He was formerly Group Executive General Manager at National Australia Bank. Prior to that, George was a senior executive in Commonwealth Bank of Australia's Institutional Banking Division and has also been a partner with the Boston Consulting Group.

Brian Hartzer

BA European History, CFA
Chief Executive, Australian Financial Services

Brian Hartzer

Brian joined Westpac as Chief Executive, Australian Financial Services on 25 June 2012.  Australian Financial Services comprises Westpac Retail & Business Banking, St.George Banking Group, and BT Financial Group.

Prior to joining Westpac, Brian spent three years in the UK as CEO for Retail, Wealth and Ulster Bank at the Royal Bank of Scotland Group. Prior to that, he spent ten years with ANZ in Australia in a variety of roles, including his final role as CEO, Australia and Global Segment Lead for Retail and Wealth.  Before joining ANZ, Brian spent ten years as a financial services consultant in New York, San Francisco, and Melbourne.

Brian graduated from Princeton University with a degree in European History and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Alexandra Holcomb

BA, MBA, MA.
Chief Risk Officer

Alexandra Holcomb

Alexandra was appointed Chief Risk Officer in August 2014. Since joining Westpac in 1996, Alexandra has held a number of senior positions including Group General Manager Group Strategy, M&A and Major Projects, Group Executive, Group Strategy, Head of Westpac Institutional Bank Strategy, and most recently, Group General Manager of Global Transactional Services.

Prior to joining Westpac, Alexandra was a senior executive from 1992 to 1996 with Booz Allen & Hamilton International where she specialised in international credit, working in Singapore and Australia. Before that she worked with Barclays Bank and Chase Manhattan Bank in New York.

Alexandra is currently Chair of the Westpac Payments Advisory Group, Member, External Expert Advisory Board, NSW Government Financial Management Transformation Program, and a Director of the Bankers’ Association of Finance and Trade.

Peter King

BEc, FCA.
Chief Financial Officer

Peter King

Peter was appointed Chief Financial Officer in April 2014, with responsibility for Westpac’s Finance, Assurance, Tax, Treasury and Investor Relations functions.  Prior to this appointment Peter was the Deputy Chief Financial Officer for three years.

Since joining Westpac in 1994, Peter has held senior finance positions across the Group, including in Group Finance, Business and Consumer Banking, Business and Technology Services, Treasury and Financial Markets.

Peter commenced his career at Deloitte Touché Tohmatsu. He has a Bachelor of Economics from Sydney University and completed the Advanced Management Programme at INSEAD.  He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Christine Parker

BGDipBus (HRM)
Group Executive, Human Resources & Corporate Affairs

Christine Parker

Christine was appointed Group Executive, Human Resources & Corporate Affairs on 1 October 2011, with responsibility for human resources strategy and management, including reward and recognition, safety, learning and development, careers and talent, employee relations and employment policy. She is also responsible for Corporate Affairs & Sustainability.

Prior to this appointment, she was Group General Manager, Human Resources, from March 2010, with responsibilities across the entire Westpac Group. Prior to that, Christine was General Manager, Human Resources, Westpac New Zealand Limited, when she joined Westpac in 2007.

Prior to joining Westpac, Christine was Group HR Director, Carter Holt Harvey, and from 1999 to 2004, she was Director of HR with Restaurant Brands New Zealand.

Rob Whitfield

BCom, GradDipBanking, GradDipFin, AMP (Harvard)
Group Executive, Westpac Institutional Bank

Rob Whitfield

Rob was appointed Group Executive, Westpac Institutional Bank in July 2009. He has responsibility for Westpac's global relationships with corporate, institutional and government clients, and core product offerings across financial and capital markets, transactional banking and working capital and payments. In addition, Rob has responsibility for Hastings Funds Management Limited and Westpac's structured finance, global treasury, Asia and Pacific Island businesses.

Rob joined Westpac as a graduate in 1986, where he gained broad financial markets experience. He joined Treasury in 1993 and was appointed Group Treasurer in 2000. In 2004, he became Chief Risk Officer and joined the Executive Team in December 2005. From April 2007, Rob undertook advisory work as a Group Executive for Westpac's CEO  with responsibility for the oversight of the merger with St.George Bank Limited. He was appointed Group Executive, Risk Management in November 2008 prior to assuming his current role.

Jason Yetton

BCom, GDAppFin, TGMP (Harvard)
Group Executive, Westpac Retail & Business Banking

Jason Yetton

Jason was appointed Group Executive, Westpac Retail & Business Banking on 24 November 2011.
 
Prior to this appointment, he was General Manager, Retail and Regional Banking, Westpac Retail & Business Banking from 2010. Before that, Jason was General Manager, Retail Banking from 2008. During 2008, he was a member of the Group’s 2017 strategy team.
 
Prior to that role, Jason held a number of roles in BT Financial Group, including Head of Product, General Manager, Customer Solutions and CEO Commerce BT Unit Trust (based in Malaysia from 1997 to 1999). He joined BT as a graduate trainee in 1992.