Simon Ireland takes up a new global role at ANZ

  • By Zilla Efrat

Simon Ireland is set to become managing director, international, at ANZ.

He will report to Mark Whelan, group executive, institutional.

Ireland, who joined ANZ in 2008, is currently the global head of the Financial Institutions Group, based in Hong Kong.

In his new role, he will be responsible for ANZ’s institutional business in 19 markets across Asia, Europe, Middle East and America.

Prior to joining ANZ, Ireland held roles at major financial institutions including Lehman Brothers, Chase Manhattan Bank, Citibank, HSBC, RBS and Bank of America and was based in Hong Kong, Singapore, London, San Francisco and Sydney.

Commenting on the appointment, Whelan describes Ireland as one of ANZ’s most experienced banking executives in the Asia Pacific region. “He is the ideal candidate for this role due to his deep understanding of international markets and his ability to help our customers navigate evolving geopolitical and economic conditions around the region.”

He adds that Ireland is “an outstanding risk manager with a proven track record of delivering strong profitable growth in one of our most important global businesses, in a sustainable way.”

Ireland starts his new role on 18 October 2021 and will continue to be based in Hong Kong. He replaces Farhan Faruqui, who has taken up the role of ANZ group chief financial officer.