ME Bank hires former CBA executive as new chair

  • By AB+F Editorial

ME Bank has hired Jim Evans as the bank’s new chair replacing Ken Hodgson.

With 40 years’ experience, Evans has worked at the Commonwealth Bank for more than 10 years.

While at the bank, he worked as a chief risk officer in its wealth management business for five years. He has also served as chair of Suncorp Portfolio Services and as a non-executive director of Australian Infrastructure Fund Limited as well as Hastings Funds Management Limited.

ME Bank also announced two board hires. Peter Everingham will also join the ME board and is a seasoned executive with over 25 years' corporate experience including 18 years in the digital sector.

He is currently a director of Super Retail Group and a director of iCar Asia.

David Issa also joined the board as a director on 1 April 2019. He is currently a director at Industry Fund Services and has over 30 years of experience in the digital, technology, banking and insurance industries.

Previous roles include CEO of online consumer network One Big Switch and FiftyUp Club, CEO of Personal Insurance and CIO at Insurance Australia Group. At Westpac Banking Corporation David held roles including CIO Institutional Banking Group, Program Director Westpac Investing, and CEO of the bank’s wholly owned software incubator, Qvalent.

ME CEO, Jamie McPhee, thanked Ken for his long service and welcomed the new directors.
“Thank you to our recently retired director, Ken Hodgson, for his significant contribution to the bank, particularly as chairman. Ken helped guide the bank through a period of considerable change, contributed substantially to our growth, and has been a great support to the other directors and my executive team.”
“ME has a strong track record of growth and innovation in a competitive industry. The new director appointments extend the depth and breadth of experience on our board, adding digital capability and industry expertise as we work to capitalise on our successes and further our mission to help all Australians get ahead.”

The ME Board is now:
•    Jim Evans (chair)
•    Cheryl Bart
•    Christine Christian
•    Greg Combet
•    Peter Everingham
•    David Issa
•    John Nesbitt
•    Elana Rubin