Westpac’s Group CEO Gail Kelly elected Chairman of the Australian Bankers’ Association

Westpac’s Group CEO Gail Kelly elected Chairman of the Australian Bankers’ Association 

Mike Hirst, Managing Director of Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, to be Deputy Chairman

Sydney, 4 December, 2013: The Council of the Australian Bankers’ Association (ABA) has elected Gail Kelly, Chief Executive Officer of Westpac Group, as its new Chairman, succeeding Mike Smith, ANZ’s Chief Executive Officer.    

Commenting on her appointment, Mrs Kelly said: “I’m very pleased to be elected, particularly as we embark on the Financial System Inquiry. The next two years will be an important time for the industry. I believe there is a real opportunity to ensure Australia has the best possible banking system capable of supporting our nation’s future prosperity.”

Mrs Kelly thanked Mr Smith for his invaluable service over the past two years.

“Mike has guided the industry through a period when waves of new regulations were being debated and implemented, following an incredibly turbulent period for banks globally. We thank him for his guidance over the past two years,” Mrs Kelly said.

Mike Hirst, Managing Director of Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, replaces Stephen Roberts, Chief Country Officer of Citi Australia, as Deputy Chairman of the ABA.

Mr Hirst thanked Stephen for his important contribution and said: “I am pleased to take up the position of Deputy Chair, particularly at this critical time. As we move further away from the recent global financial crisis and focus more on the future, and the financial system Australia is going to need, I am keen to ensure a wide range of perspectives are brought to those discussions and I look forward to supporting Gail Kelly in her role as Chairman." 



For further information:

Heather Wellard, ABA PR,
Phone: 02 8298 0411, Mobile: 0409 830 439   @austbankers

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