ANZ appoints group executive for talent and culture

With bank culture likely to be back under the microscope next week, ANZ today announced the appointment of Kathryn van der Merwe as Group Executive Talent and Culture reporting to CEO Shayne Elliott.

Van der Merwe will join ANZ from Bain & Company where she has held senior leadership roles focussed on business transformation. This includes a focus on strengthening organisational culture and capability, and the development and delivery of change strategies to improve performance and facilitate sustainable growth.

In a statement, ANZ said van der Merwe was most recently Expert Vice President for Bain’s Results Delivery Practice in the Asia Pacific region having worked for the firm for 14 years.

“While at Bain, Kathryn made a significant contribution through developing and leading training, staff engagement, leadership programs and recruitment, and received global recognition for her contribution to training, coaching, mentoring and leadership.”

In her role as Group Executive Talent and Culture, van dew Merwe will be responsible for leading the human resources function at ANZ and will be a member of the Group Executive Committee.

“Kathryn is a business and people leader who is uniquely suited to ANZ’s 21st Century challenges. Lower growth, technological change, heightened customer and community expectations, and increasing competition are necessitating rapid organisational change,” said ANZ CEO Shayne Elliott.

“Culture, talent and the engagement of our people are the keys to unlocking ANZ’s ability to rapidly adapt and to deliver a winning position in the eyes of our customers, shareholders and the community. Kathryn’s leadership skills and her experience in driving organisational change make her uniquely suited to creating further momentum around the transformation we need at ANZ.”

Van der Merwe will join ANZ on 1 May and will be based in Melbourne.

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