NAB hires new business banking head

  • By Christine St Anne

National Australia Bank has made an international hire, announcing the appointment of Andrew Irvine as group executive, business and private banking.

He replaces Anthony Healy who left the bank in May after 10 years with NAB

Irvine has around 25 years’ experience in financial services and joins NAB from the Bank of Montreal where he led the Canadian business banking division.

Previously at Bank of Montreal he was head of customer solutions, responsible for leading the bank’s headquarters group for both Canadian Personal and Business Banking. 

“I look forward to working with my colleagues at NAB to grow these foundations as we help our customers through the impacts of COVID-19 and out the other side,” Irvine said.

As the biggest business lender, NAB will have a greater challenge in managing the business loan pauses it provided to its customers following COVID-19. 

It has approved 34,000 business loan requests from customers to defer repayments.

In a recent Bloomberg webinar, NAB CEO Ross McEwan signalled the bank would adopt different strategies in order to work with its business customers.