ANZ appoints Alexis George deputy CEO


Alexis George has been appointed deputy chief executive of ANZ, succeeding Graham Hodges who is set to retire after 27 years at the bank.

In addition to her new role as deputy CEO, George will keep her existing position as group executive of ANZ’s wealth unit, overseeing the divestment of the bank’s life insurance, superannuation and aligned dealer group businesses.

Geroge will also assume responsibility for ANZ’s group service centres, as well as assisting chief executive Shayne Elliott with group-wide initiatives, including ANZ’s engagement with government, regulators and employees, the bank said.

“Alexis’s appointment as deputy CEO is testament to her strong leadership across the bank and the work she has done to simplify our wealth businesses in Australia, said ANZ chief executive Shayne Elliott.

“She has significant international experience in managing the operations of large, complex businesses and will make a valuable contribution as we continue to improve engagement with government, regulators and of course our people.”

George joined ANZ in 2013 as managing director insurance and has been group executive, wealth Australia since 2016.

Prior to joining ANZ she was chief executive Czech Republic and Slovakia at ING, responsible for banking, insurance and funds management and prior to this Regional chief operational officer, Asia, accountable for product, marketing, IT and operations.

In addition to George’s promotion, Mark Hand has also been appointed group executive of the business & private banking arm for ANZ Australia. Hand will continue to report to group executive, Fred Ohlsson.

Hand joined ANZ in 1988 and has held senior roles across business and retail banking, credit management and internal audit in Australia and South Asia.

Since 2015 he has been ANZ’s managing director business & private banking with responsibility for serving 515,000 business customers, including small and regional businesses.