Westpac appoints new CEO for Fiji operations

Westpac has announced, subject to regulatory and visa approvals, the appointment of Kip Hanna as Chief Executive for Westpac Fiji. Picture: SUPPLIED

ONE of the country’s major commercial banks – Westpac Fiji – will start 2019 with new leadership after the recent appointment of its new chief executive officer.

The red bank confirmed the appointment of Kip Hanna to the CEO role for its Fiji operations.

Mr Hanna, who is subject to regulatory and visa approvals, will move to Fiji in early 2019, taking over from outgoing general manager Brett Hooker.

Mr Hooker finishes his three year posting and returns to Australia in December. He will take up another senior role in the Westpac Group next year.

According to a statement from bank, Mr Hanna is a senior banking executive with over 25 years’ experience in Australia and internationally, including in the UK, China and the Pacific. He has deep banking and financial services knowledge and most recently held the position of Regional Head within Westpac’s Asia Pacific business.

Prior to this he was Head of Asia Pacific Business Development for ANZ, leading the business across 34 markets.

Mr Hanna will relocate from Westpac’s Sydney head office to take up the position, which is a key leadership role providing oversight, governance, performance and operational management for Westpac in Fiji.

Westpac’s lead role in Fiji has been elevated within the bank’s structure, and will become part of its Asia Pacific leadership team.

“I know Kip is going to propel our Fiji business and was so pleased when he put himself forward for this new role,” said Michael Correa, Westpac’s General Manager for Asia Pacific.

“Our customers will appreciate the expertise Kip brings and the close connections to Westpac in Australia and Asia.”
Mr Correa said Mr Hanna’s distinguished career leading teams and running financial services businesses spoke for itself; and this was coupled with a real passion for the bank’s staff, customers and the Fiji community.

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to live in and contribute to Fiji; working with a dynamic and committed team who understand the important role Westpac plays in supporting stability and growth across the Fiji economy,” Mr Hanna said.

“Sustainable business management is a passion for me, and one of my highest priorities is continuing the positive impact we have in Fiji, while helping our customers and team to prosper and reach their full potential.”

Westpac is the bank with the longest history in Fiji, having opened in 1901. Westpac Asia Pacific is part of Westpac Institutional Bank, the number one institutional bank in Australia.

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