Having joined ANZ in 2008, Mr Ireland is currently Global Head, Financial Insitutions Group, based in Hong Kong. In his new role, he will be responsible for ANZ’s Institutional business in 19 markets across Asia, Europe, Middle East and America.
Prior to joining ANZ, Mr Ireland held roles at major financial institutions including Lehman Brothers, Chase Manhattan Bank, Citibank, HSBC, RBS and Bank of America across Hong Kong, Singapore, London, San Francisco and Sydney.
Commenting on his appointment, Mr Whelan said: “Simon is one of our most experienced banking executives in the Asia Pacific region. He is the ideal candidate for this role due to his deep understanding of international markets, and his ability to help our customers navigate evolving geopolitical and economic conditions around the region.
“Simon is an outstanding risk manager with a proven track record of delivering strong profitable growth in one of our most important global businesses, in a sustainable way,” Mr Whelan said.
Mr Ireland will commence his new role on 18 October 2021 and will continue to be based Hong Kong. The appointment is subject to any regulatory approvals.
He replaces Farhan Faruqui, who has been appointed to the role of ANZ Group Chief Financial Officer.