Commenting on the appointments, Mr Thursby said: “We are appointing several experienced Asian bankers from RBS along with additional talented ANZ leaders to create the leadership team that will take our business through the next phase of growth in Asia Pacific.
“The acquisition of these RBS businesses is a further stepping stone in our super regional strategy and it is pleasing to create a leadership team of this calibre which harnesses senior talent from both organisations.”
• Deputy CEO Asia Pacific, Europe and America - Alistair Bulloch, who is currently ANZ’s CEO North East Asia, has been appointed Deputy CEO Asia Pacific, Europe and America. In this Hong Kong-based role, Mr Bulloch will take a leading role in building and managing relationships with government, regulators, partners and clients. This appointment will be effective from early 2010. • Head of Integration – Craig Sims, who is currently CEO Pacific, has been appointed Head of Integration for the RBS acquisition, based in Singapore. Integration plans for the six markets are well advanced to ensure a smooth transition once regulatory approvals are obtained in each market.
• CEO North East Asia, Europe and America - Gilles Plante, who is currently Managing Director Global Markets for ANZ, has been appointed CEO North East Asia, Europe and America, based in Hong Kong. Mr Bulloch will continue to act in the role until Mr Plante commences in Hong Kong in early 2010. This will enable the Institutional business to achieve a smooth transition to a new Managing Director Global Markets.
• CEO Pacific - Michael Rowland has been appointed to the role of CEO Pacific, based in Melbourne. Mr Rowland is currently Chief Financial Officer and General Manager Strategy & Marketing in ANZ’s Institutional Division, and was previously Managing Director Mortgages for ANZ. He will commence in the Pacific role in mid-November and in the meantime Craig Sims will continue to serve as CEO Pacific in addition to his role as Head of Integration. A replacement for Mr Rowland will be announced in due course.
• Managing Director Retail Banking and Wealth Products - Wendy Lim has been appointed Managing Director Retail Banking and Wealth Products, Asia Pacific. Ms Lim joins ANZ from Royal Bank of Scotland where she is currently Head of Retail Banking for Greater China and South East Asia. She has more than 18 years of consumer marketing and business experience in Asia. Ms Lim’s start date with ANZ will be confirmed in coming months as the acquisition is completed in key markets.