The editors said ANZ’s unique super regional strategy and ability to offer a full range of banking services to retail, commercial and institutional clients, as well as its significant growth in the Asia Pacific region, set ANZ apart in determining the regional winner.
Gilles Planté, ANZ CEO Asia Pacific, said: “Our results across the region, including winning Bank of the Year Asia Pacific for the first ever time, serve as proof of the depth of our retail, corporate and institutional banking expertise.
“We became the first Australian bank to open in Myanmar and we launched "goMoney" mobile phone banking in the Pacific. We also received many Asia Pacific product and deal awards in 2013, reflecting our growing customer satisfaction and increasing revenue contribution to the Group,” Mr Planté said.
ANZ was also named Bank of the Year in Laos for the fifth time and in Cambodia for the second time, as well as Bank of the Year in Australia. The individual country wins were a result of strong management, sound business models and a prudent approach to risk.
In Australia, ANZ was recognised for its strong domestic franchise and ability to leverage the Group’s super regional advantages to connect customers to opportunities across the region.
Phil Chronican ANZ CEO Australia said: “This is a testament to the dedication of our people and comes as we mark one year of progress on our Banking on Australia program, our $1.5 billion investment to make it easier for our customers, our people and the community to progress.”
UK-based magazine The Banker’s awards aim to “reward and promote industry-wide excellence in the global banking community”.