Executive Team

Simon Blair

Simon was appointed Head of International Financial Services in June 2009. He is responsible for managing the Group's Asian banking and life operations as well as Bankwest. Simon was the MD of Sovereign New Zealand and COO of Medibank Private Australia. He also held senior roles at the World Bank and Inner & Eastern Health Care Network.

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David Craig

David commenced as Chief Financial Officer of the Group in September 2006. He is responsible for the overall financial functions of the Group. David has over 34 years' experience in banking and finance. He was the CFO for Australand and COO for PricewaterhouseCoopers and a Director of the Australian Gas Light Company.

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Barbara Chapman

Barbara joined the Group in July 2006. Her role of Group Executive, Human Resources and Group Services is responsible for human resources and marketing and communications functions. Prior to joining the Group, Barbara held a number of senior roles at ASB Bank, including CEO of Sovereign Assurance.

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Michael Harte

Michael joined the Group in April 2006 as Group Executive Enterprise Services and Chief Information Officer. His experience includes systems development and organisational change in Australia, Europe and US. Michael was VP Information Systems at Citibank.

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Alden Toevs

Alden joined the Group in June 2008 as Group Chief Risk Officer. He was with First Manhattan Consulting Group's risk management for eighteen years. Alden has advised more than 100 banks globally on risk, strategy, mergers and performance measurement.

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David Cohen

David joined the Commonwealth Bank as General Counsel in June 2008. He advises the CEO and the Board on legal matters, and leads the Group's legal team. David had been General Counsel of AMP since 2003 and a partner with Allens Arthur Robinson for 12 years.

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Ian Saines

Ian was appointed Group Executive Institutional Banking & Markets in March 2009, with responsibility for providing total capital solutions to the Group's corporate, institutional and government clients. He joined the Group in 2004. Ian previously held senior leadership positions at Zurich Capital Markets Asia, Bankers Trust and Global Metals and Mining Industry Group.

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Grahame Petersen

Grahame was appointed Group Executive Wealth Management in March 2006, with responsibility for Colonial First State, Colonial First State Global Asset Management and CommInsure. He has over 30 years experience in the finance industry, having joined the Rural Bank of NSW as a graduate in 1980.

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Annabel Spring

Annabel joined as Group Head of Strategy in March 2009. Previously she was a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley. In her capacity as Head of Global Firm Strategy and Execution for Morgan Stanley, Annabel was responsible for global strategy, and the execution of all Firm transactions. She has worked in New York, Asia and Australia.

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Charles Pink

Charles joined the Group in January 2009 as Chief Executive of ASB Bank and MD of the ASB Group, which includes responsibility for Sovereign, New Zealand's leading life insurer. Before joining the Group, he was CEO of retail bank FirstCaribbean, a US$12 billion asset subsidiary of Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce.

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Ian Narev

Ian was appointed Group Executive, Business and Private Banking in January 2009. He joined the Group in 2007 as Group Head of Strategy. Before that, Ian worked for McKinsey & Co from 1998-2007 where he was a global partner and head of the New Zealand office. Prior to that he was a lawyer specialising in mergers and acquisitions.

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Ross McEwan

Ross was appointed Group Executive Retail Banking Services in May 2007, with responsibility for the Group's retail banking operations. He has worked in the insurance and investment industries for more than 25 years and most recently in senior management roles within ASB Bank and AXA Ltd.

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Details of the Executive Management team's experience and qualifications are available on the Group's website.