Tech expert Jeff Smith to join ANZ board

  • By Zilla Efrat

ANZ has enhanced the technology skills on its board by appointing Jeff Smith as a non-executive director.

The appointment follows the launch in March of the first offerings from ANZ Plus, ANZ’s digital-led banking proposition considered a critical foundation in ANZ’s digital transformation.

Smith, who will join the board in August subject to meeting regulatory requirements, has been the chief information officer at several organisations, including IBM, Suncorp, and Telstra.

He’s currently chief operating officer of World Fuel Services Corporation, an energy, commodities, and services company based in Florida, United States, but he will step down from that role at the end of 2022.

He is also a non-executive director of Sonrai Security, which is involved in cloud security, and is an advisor to the boards of Zoom Video Communications and Box, a developer of cloud-based content management, collaboration and file sharing tools for businesses. All three companies are US-based.

Smith was previously a member of ANZ’s international technology and digital business advisory panel until 2019.

ANZ chair Paul O’Sullivan says Smith’s vast experience with technology and executive management will complement the ANZ board.

“I am confident he will provide valuable service to both the organisation and to ANZ’s shareholders as we continue through a period of significant transformation,” he says.

Following his appointment, Smith will stand for election as a director at ANZ’s annual general meeting on 15 December 2022.

He will split his time between Australia and the US.