Gateway Bank creates executive tech role

  • By Kate Weber

Customer-owned Gateway Bank has announced changes to their executive team including a newly-created technology-focused role.

Senior manager of business systems, Peter Buzek (pictured), was promoted into the newly established role of chief technology officer.

CEO at Gateway Bank, Paul Thomas said the role was created in response to the need for an increased focus on technology developments and continuous innovation.

“Peter’s appointment reflects our growing commitment to providing better services for our members and I’m looking forward to seeing the transformation that he will be making in his new role,” Thomas said.

“Gateway bank’s new CTO role shows a step towards a more technology focused company with customers as their emphasis.”

According to Buzek, as the bank’s own internal expertise grows, it will take advantage of open innovation and co-creation “to put us on the leading edge of customer experience. I am excited to be heading these efforts.”

Buzek said “Every day we see new exciting developments in technology such as open banking. One of my first projects will be to investigate the development of a full set of APIs, which will allow Gateway’s partners a much faster, easier, and safer access to our environment."

"I believe this will give Gateway a competitive advantage.”

Buzek, also said Gateway Bank’s size gives them the advantage of being “first responders” to new trends.

Debra Landgrebe will also replace Peter Gilmore as chief financial officer, after twelve year of service.

Landgrebe has worked in multiple countries in the accountancy field and previously worked at the Commonwealth bank.

“I’m looking forward to joining the team at Gateway. I see a bright future and exciting times ahead for the small player and am keen to be a part of the evolution over the next few years," Landgrebe said.