Executive Management

Simon Blair Simon Blair

Simon was appointed Group Executive International Financial Services in June 2009. He is responsible for managing the Group's Asian banking and life operations as well as Bankwest. Simon was MD of Sovereign New Zealand and COO of Medibank Private Australia. He also held senior roles at the World Bank and Inner & Eastern Health Care Network.

Barbara Chapman Barbara Chapman

Barbara was appointed Chief Executive and Managing Director of the Group’s New Zealand subsidiary ASB with effect from April 2011. She was also appointed non-executive director of the Group’s New Zealand life insurance business, ASB Life Ltd (Sovereign). Her previous role was Group Executive Human Resources and Group Services since July 2006.

David Cohen David Cohen

David joined the Group as General Counsel in June 2008. He advises the CEO and the Board on legal matters, and leads the Group’s legal team. David had been General Counsel of AMP since 2003 and a partner with Allens Arthur Robinson for 12 years.

David Craig David Craig

David commenced as Chief Financial Officer of the Group in September 2006. He is responsible for the overall financial functions of the Group. David has over 34 years’ experience in banking and finance. He was CFO for Australand and COO for PricewaterhouseCoopers and a director of the Australian Gas Light Company.

Michael Harte Michael Harte

Michael joined the Group in April 2006 as Group Executive Enterprise Services, and Chief Information Officer. His experience includes systems development and organisational change in Australia, Europe and US. Michael was VP Information Systems at Citibank.

Ross McEwan Ross McEwan

Ross was appointed Group Executive Retail Banking Services in May 2007, with responsibility for the Group’s retail banking operation. He has worked in the insurance and investment industries for more than 25 years and most recently in senior management roles within ASB Bank and AXA Ltd.

Ian Narev Ian Narev

Ian was appointed Group Executive, Business and Private Banking in January 2009. He joined the Group in 2007 as Group Head of Strategy. Before that, Ian worked for McKinsey & Co from 1998 to 2007 where he was a global partner and head of the New Zealand office. Prior to that he was a lawyer specialising in mergers and acquisitions.

Grahame Petersen Grahame Petersen

Grahame was appointed Group Executive Wealth Management in March 2006, with responsibility for Colonial First State, Colonial First State Global Asset Management and CommInsure. Prior to that he was Group Executive, Group Strategic Development from 2004 to 2006. Grahame has over 30 years experience in the finance industry, across retail banking, corporate banking, insurance and funds management.

Ian Saines Ian Saines

Ian was appointed Group Executive Institutional Banking & Markets in March 2009, with responsibility for providing total capital solutions to the Group’s corporate, institutional and government clients. He joined the Group in 2004. Ian previously held senior leadership positions at Zurich Capital Markets Asia and Bankers Trust Australia Ltd.

Annabel Spring Annabel Spring

Annabel joined as Group Head of Strategy in March 2009. Previously she was a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley. In her capacity as Head of Global Firm Strategy and Execution, Annabel was responsible for global strategy, and the execution of all Firm transactions. She has worked in New York, Asia and Australia.

Alden Toevs Alden Toevs

Alden joined the Group in June 2008 as Group Chief Risk Officer. He was with First Manhattan Consulting Group’s risk management for eighteen years. Alden has advised more than 100 banks globally on risk, strategy, mergers and performance measurement.