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Westpac appoints Lester Wynne-Jones as State General Manager, South Australia


29 January 2015

Westpac Banking Corporation today announced the appointment of Lester Wynne-Jones as its State General Manager in South Australia.

Based in Adelaide, Lester will be responsible for Westpac's retail banking business and branch presence in South Australia, Northern Territory and Tasmania comprising of 62 branches, of which five are Bank Now, and over 500 staff.

With a banking career spanning 30 years with HSBC in United Kingdom, Lester brings extensive experience to the role. He was responsible for HSBC's Regional Retail Banking across flagship geographies including London, South and South East managing the delivery and ongoing development of a full range of services to HSBC's retail customers. He has also held various senior management roles in offices in Canada, United Arab Emirates, and Kazakhstan.

Announcing his appointment, Westpac's General Manager, Retail Banking, Gai McGrath described Lester as a talented and experienced candidate who would play a critical part in building on the success of the bank's local strategy in South Australia. 

"Lester's extensive international experience and leadership roles made him the ideal candidate to take on this position. His appointment underlines Westpac's commitment to making a difference in South Australia, through great service to our customers, continued investment in our banker capability and our branch and business banking centres as well as ongoing support for and engagement with local communities."

Commenting on his appointment, Lester said he was looking forward to the challenges and rewards that come with joining Westpac in South Australia.

"There are some exciting prospects ahead for South Australia and I look forward to bringing my experience and passion to the role to provide enhanced service and support to local retail and business customers."