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Banks announce appointments

Geraldine Panapasa
Saturday, December 22, 2012

People Do Business With Human Beings, Not Companies. And The People Are The Most Valuable Assets Of A Company. Business Editor Geraldine Panapasa Introduces Some Of Those Who Have Taken Up New Appointments To Drive The Performance Of The Companies They Work For.

Bank of South Pacific

BSP country manager Kevin McCarthy recently announced the appointment of two new executive committee members — Omid Saberi as chief information officer and William Wakeham as chief operating officer.

Mr Saberi is originally from Iran and considers Fiji his new home. He joined BSP with 20 years of experience in information technology deployment management across different industries from utilities, telecommunications, insurance and banking.

Mr Wakeham is no stranger to Fiji's banking industry. He had served in numerous senior management positions at Fiji Industries, Neptune Shipping and Carpenters Shipping before joining BSP.

He had been instrumental in the transformation of of BSP's customer service culture.

"I have no doubt that the two will contribute significantly to expanding upon our world class banking facilities and enhancing our leader position in electronic banking services," Mr McCarthy said. "I wish Mr Saberi and Mr Wakeham success in their new positions."

Westpac Banking Corporation

Westpac Fiji welcomed its new head of retail, sales and service Nirosh Weerasinghe — a seasoned banker with 20 years banking experience as a senior relationship manager at Westpac Commerical Banking in Melbourne who also held several leadership roles at Westpac retail, business banking and people development.

Mr Weerasinghe was previously employed as bank manager for Westpac South Melbourne with a balance sheet of $A1billion ($F1.85b). He was recognised as a bank manager's centurion club member — an exclusively high performance club for Westpac Bank. He had led lending business banking teams in Melbourne with a balance sheet of $A1.30b ($F2.4b) Once a practise manager for Westpac in South East Melbourne and the Melbourne central business district, Mr Weerasinghe has expertise to mentor and develop high performing teams, something he hopes to use to develop his retail team in Fiji. He also spent some time at Bankwest, Melbourne, Commercial and Corporate Banking Group and ANZ Banking Group Limited — Corporate Banking Group. He came to Fiji with his wife, Gabrielle and two children and looks forward to a game of cricket in his spare time.


ANZ recently appointed Shamim Khan as the head of operations Fiji — managing ANZ's electronic banking channels, national finance centre, treasury support, retail operations and technology for Fiji business. Mr Khan spent six years working in the Pacific North West region before returning to Fiji. He was previously the chief operating officer for ANZ Timor Leste and manager direct banking for ANZ in Papua New Guinea. In January last year, Mr Khan returned to Timor Leste, where he assumed the role of chief operating officer for the second time and then business implementation manager, where he was instrumental in co-ordinating and implementing the commercial banking system there.

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