Vittoria Shortt becomes new NZBA chair

  • By Zilla Efrat

ASB CEO Vittoria Shortt has been elected chair of the New Zealand Bankers’ Association (NZBA), replacing Kiwibank CEO Steve Jurkovich who held the role for the past two years.

BNZ CEO Dan Huggins was voted in as NZBA deputy chair.

“As incoming chair of the NZBA, I’m looking forward to continuing the commitment of New Zealand banks to supporting economic recovery by backing Kiwi households and businesses,” says Shortt of her new position.

“There is huge opportunity for the banking sector to lead with purpose on some of the big issues facing New Zealand such as climate change, financial inclusion and advancing initiatives in support of Te Ao Māori.

“There is no doubt banking can be – and is – a force for good but we also need to continue to earn and build our reputation with the New Zealand public whether it be through demonstrating the way we care for customers in vulnerable situations or ensuring continued access to banking services.”

Shortt and Huggins will both hold their respective roles for two years.

Established in 1891, NZBA is the voice of the banking industry.  It currently has 17 members, all of which are banks registered under the Reserve Bank of New Zealand Act 1989.