WESTPAC Banking Corporation has appointed one of its most senior executives as its new general manager Pacific Banking.
Greg Pawson was most recently general manager of Westpac's commercial banking division based in Sydney ù an operation responsible for a business with a balance sheet of around A$50billion, revenue in excess of A$1billion and more than 1200 employees across Australia.
Mr Pawson, who takes up office on October 1, will replace Jane Kittel who has been appointed managing director of South Australia's largest financial institution BankSA.
New Zealand-born and educated Mr Pawson started his banking career in the early 1980s at the Bank of New Zealand.
His work experience includes time at ASB Bank and Countrywide Bank in New Zealand and CMAC, now known as Macquarie Bank, and Colonial First State Bank in Australia.
He joined Westpac in Sydney in 2000 and has since held a number of roles in business banking, property finance, and wealth management.
"I'm absolutely delighted to join Pacific Banking," Mr Pawson said.
"I know it's going to be very exciting for me as well as challenging," he said.
"I look forward to visiting the islands as soon as possible and working with the local management team to deliver innovative products and services for our customers. I know we have some exciting projects underway that will increase our distribution network and bring banking services to remote areas of the region."
Mr Pawson said: "I'm particularly passionate about Westpac's sustainability strategy and finding ways we can contribute to the health and well being of the communities we serve. Jane has been instrumental in implementing this and I'm committed to progressing this further".
"Together with Jason Stephens, our general manager in Fiji I look forward to spending time with our teams in the coming weeks as well as familiarising myself with the local community environment and meeting our customers, " he said.
Ms Kittel also looked forward to her new job at BankSA.
BankSA has more than 120 branches in metropolitan and rural South Australia as well as branches in the Northern Territory. It is the State's main provider of housing, personal finance and rural banking services.
"It is an opportunity that I'm very excited about. BankSA is a critical part of the state's identity and I look forward to returning to my home state so I can be closer to my family who live in South Australia," said Ms Kittel.
"I've been privileged to lead Westpac's Pacific Banking over the last four and a half years and without doubt, I will miss all the people I have met and worked with across the Pacific region during this period.
"I know I leave the business in Greg's capable hands whose banking experience and interest in community initiatives will stand him in good stead for the role," said Ms Kittel.
Westpac's Pacific operations is based in Sydney and has businesses in seven Pacific countries - Fiji, Cook Islands, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu.