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Executive team

Peter King

BEc, FCA.
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Westpac Group


Peter was appointed Westpac Group Chief Executive Officer in April 2020, after holding the role on an acting basis between December 2019 and March 2020.


In his 25 years at Westpac, Peter has held senior finance roles including Chief Financial Officer with responsibility for Westpac’s Finance, Group Audit, Tax, Treasury and Investor Relations functions. Prior to this he was Deputy Chief Financial Officer for three years and worked in senior 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 Touche Tohmatsu. He has a Bachelor of Economics from Sydney University and completed the Advanced Management Programme at INSEAD.


Peter is the Chairman of the Australian Banking Association (ABA) and he is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.


Scott Collary

Group Executive, Customer Services & Technology
 

Scott Collary joined Westpac in November 2020 as Chief Operating Officer, he became Group Executive Customer Services & Technology in March 2022 and leads our customer solutions, financial crime and fraud prevention, operations and technology functions.

 

Scott has over 30 years’ global banking experience, with a breadth of expertise across technology, operations, risk mitigation and commercial functions.

 

Before joining Westpac, Scott was Chief Information & Operations Officer for North America Consumer Businesses at Bank of Montreal, Canada. Prior to that, Scott held senior executive positions at a number of multinational financial institutions including ANZ, Citibank, Fifth Third Bank and Bank of America.

 

Scott holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Maryland in the United States.


Chris de Bruin

MBA, B.Sc. (Hons)
Chief Executive, Consumer & Business Banking


Chris de Bruin formally joined Westpac Group as Chief Executive, Consumer, in February 2021 and became Chief Executive, Consumer & Business Banking in March 2021. Chris is based in Sydney.
 

He is responsible for Westpac Group’s largest division, which supports more than 10 million retail, small business, commercial, agribusiness and private wealth customers across its brands that include Westpac, St.George, BankSA, Bank of Melbourne and RAMS.
 

Chris has nearly 25 years of experience in the financial services sector globally, spanning retail banking, consumer product portfolios, fintech and digital banking.
 

He spent 13 years at Standard Chartered Bank, where he held a variety of roles across Asia and the Middle East, including as Global Head of Retail Products and Digital Banking.
 

Chris joins Westpac from Deem Finance in Dubai, one of the largest non-bank financial institutions in the Middle East, where he was Chief Executive Officer, following a year in Toronto as president of Canadian fintech Zafin.
 

Prior to that he was an Associate Principal at McKinsey & Company.
 

Chris was educated in South Africa and holds an MBA from the University of Cape Town, and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from Stellenbosch University.


Shannon Finch

BA(Hons), LLB (Hons) - ANU, MAICD, FGIA
Group General Counsel


Shannon joined Westpac in November 2021, and leads Westpac’s legal function globally.

 

Shannon’s legal career commenced at the Commonwealth Attorney General’s Department in Canberra, working with the Office of General Counsel and the Corporations Law Simplification Unit. She then joined Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons) where she practiced in litigation, mergers & acquisitions and capital markets for 25 years, in Canberra, London and Sydney, including as head of the Sydney office. On retirement from KWM, Shannon joined global corporate law firm Jones Day as a senior partner in the mergers & acquisitions, private equity and financial markets practice areas, based in Sydney.

 

Shannon is a member of the Business Law Executive of the Law Council of Australia, and chaired the Corporations Committee of the LCA until 2021. She is a member of the Advisory Committee to the Australian Law Reform Commission’s Review of the Legislative Framework for Corporations and Financial Services Regulation. Shannon has experience as a non-executive director, is a member of the AICD and a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia.


Carolyn McCann

BBus (Com), BA, GradDipAppFin, GAICD
Group Executive, Corporate Services


Carolyn was appointed as Westpac’s Group Executive, Corporate Services in March 2022, and is responsible for functions that partner with the business to deliver common services. The division brings together Property, Procurement, Protective Services, HR Services, Finance Services, Corporate Reporting, Sustainability, Corporate Affairs & Community and Transformation.

 

Prior to this role Carolyn was Group Executive, Customer and Corporate Relations, where she was responsible for customer complaints & advocacy, customer remediation, corporate affairs and sustainability.


Carolyn has more than 25 years’ experience in corporate affairs, mainly in the financial services industry.


Carolyn joined Westpac in 2013, as General Manager, Corporate Affairs and Sustainability. Prior to joining Westpac, Carolyn spent 13 years at Insurance Australia Group in various positions, including Group General Manager, Corporate Affairs and Investor Relations. She began her career in consulting and has extensive in-house and consulting experience in financial services.


Carolyn has a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Queensland, a Bachelor of Business from Queensland University of Technology, and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia. She has also completed Cambridge University’s Sustainability Business Management course.


Catherine McGrath

LLB/BCom
Chief Executive Officer


Catherine was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Westpac New Zealand in November 2021.


She has more than 25 years’ experience working in financial services and prior to joining Westpac, Catherine led large-scale transformations at some of the world’s best known banks including Barclays Group and Lloyds TSB in the UK. Earlier in her career she worked at BNZ, ASB and the Prudential Group.


Catherine was raised in New Zealand. She graduated from Canterbury University with a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Commerce.


Anthony Miller

LLB (Hons), BA
Chief Executive, Westpac Institutional Bank


Anthony Miller joined Westpac Group as Chief Executive, Westpac Institutional Bank in October 2020.  He has responsibility for Westpac's global relationships with corporate, institutional and government clients, as well as all products across financial and capital markets, transactional banking, structured finance and working capital payments. In addition, Anthony has responsibility for Westpac's offices and branches in Asia, London and New York.


Before joining Westpac Group, Anthony was CEO of Australia & New Zealand and Co-Head of Investment Bank, Asia Pacific at Deutsche Bank from 2017.


Prior to Deutsche Bank, Anthony was a partner at Goldman Sachs based in Hong Kong within the investment banking division and previously held a number of roles at Goldman Sachs in Australia and New Zealand having joined the organisation in 2001. Before joining Goldman Sachs, Anthony worked at Credit Suisse.


Anthony holds a Bachelor of Law (Honours) from Queensland University of Technology, and Bachelor of Arts (Japanese Language, Modern Asian Studies) from Griffiths University.


Yianna Papanikolaou

Chief Transformation Officer

 

Yianna Papanikolaou joined Westpac Group as General Manager, Group Transformation in February 2022 and became Chief Transformation Officer in April 2022.  She is responsible for leading the Group’s Transformation efforts to become a simpler, stronger bank, and accountable for the Customer Outcomes and Risk Excellence (CORE) Program, and the Chief Control Office.


Yianna has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, has held executive roles and led large scale transformations for major organisations across the globe. Before joining Westpac, she spent seven years at Deutsche Bank in the United Kingdom where she held several leadership positions, including Managing Director, Chief Transformation Office. Prior to this, she was at Royal Bank of Scotland, as Head of Strategy and Transformation for the Corporate bank.  Earlier in her career she was part of Accenture’s Financial Services consulting practice.


Yianna holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from Clark University and an MBA from The University of Manchester, United Kingdom. 


Christine Parker

BGDipBus (HRM)
Group Executive, Human Resources


Christine was appointed to Westpac Group’s Executive Team in October 2011. As Group Executive, Human Resources, Christine leads the HR function for the Group, responsible for strengthening our service oriented and inclusive culture, attracting and retaining the best talent, developing and helping our workforce to grow skills for the future, rewarding and recognising our people and ensuring their health and wellbeing.


Christine has responsibility for the office of the Banking Executive Accountability Regime (BEAR) and also supports the CEO and Board on culture and conduct. Since joining Westpac in 2007, Christine has held a variety of senior leadership roles including Group General Manager, Human Resources and General Manager, Human Resources for Westpac New Zealand Limited. Before joining Westpac, Christine held senior HR roles in a number of high-profile organisations and across a range of industries, including Carter Holt Harvey and Restaurant Brands New Zealand.


Christine is currently Chair of the St.George Foundation, a member of the Chief Executive Women and was previously a Director of Women’s Community Shelters and member of the Veterans’ Employment Industry Advisory Committee.


Michael Rowland

B.Comm, FCA
Chief Financial Officer


Michael joined Westpac Group as Chief Financial Officer in September 2020. He is responsible for Westpac’s Finance, Group Audit, Investor Relations, Tax and Treasury functions.


Before joining Westpac, Michael was a Partner in Management Consulting at KPMG. Before that he held a number of senior executive positions at ANZ from 1999 to 2013. This included CFO Institutional Banking, CFO Wealth, CFO New Zealand, CFO Personal Financial Services, and business leadership roles as CEO Pacific, Managing Director Mortgages and General Manager, Transformation. Michael commenced his career at KPMG, where he was promoted to become a Tax Partner in 1993.


Michael holds a Bachelor of Commerce, University of Melbourne and a Graduate Diploma of Taxation Law, Monash University. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand.


Jason Yetton

B.Comm (Finance & Mktg), GradDipAppFin
Chief Executive, Specialist Businesses


Jason was appointed Chief Executive, Specialist Businesses in May 2020.


He is responsible for Westpac’s Banking as a Service, Corporate & Business Development and the Strategic Reviews and potential divestments of the Group’s Specialist Businesses.

 

Specialist Businesses support customers with wealth needs including Life Insurance, Superannuation and Platforms and Investments as well as Auto Finance and Pacific banking.

 

Banking as a Service is Westpac’s digital-only banking platform that complements the Group’s existing banking businesses. It supports new digital products and services to be brought to market through fintech and institutional partners and allows Westpac to reach a new group of customers as well as create value for our partners.

 

Before joining Westpac Group, Jason was Chief Executive Officer NewCo, CBA, where he was appointed to lead the demerger of its wealth management and mortgage broking businesses. Prior to that, he was Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, SocietyOne, an early financial services disrupter and consumer finance marketplace lender.


Jason was previously with the Westpac Group for more than 20 years, holding a number of senior positions including Group Executive, Westpac Retail & Business Banking, and a range of senior executive positions in BT Financial Group.


Ryan Zanin

Chief Risk Officer


Ryan was appointed Chief Risk Officer in May 2022. Ryan is responsible for risk management across the Group, which includes credit risk, operational risk, financial crime, compliance and conduct. 


Ryan has over 30 years’ experience in financial services specialising in risk management. Prior to joining Westpac Group, Ryan was at Fannie Mae as Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer overseeing the company’s governance and strategy for global risk management.


Prior to Fannie Mae Ryan held senior positions at GE Capital, Wells Fargo & Company and Deutsche Bank.