21 Jul 2022

Westpac NZ has announced the appointment of Reuben Tucker to the role of General Manager of Institutional and Business Banking and Dirk McLiesh to the role of Chief Risk Officer.

Westpac NZ Chief Executive Catherine McGrath says Reuben and Dirk will bring valuable experience to the business.

“Having the right people in the right roles is integral to driving Westpac in the right direction. Reuben and Dirk are both proven leaders, and I know the expertise they bring from their considerable experience in the finance sector will be beneficial to our business.”

Reuben Tucker will join the bank on August 1, filling the role vacated by Simon Power, and brings insight from a career spanning 25 years in financial markets, debt capital markets, relationship management and transaction banking.

He has worked for a variety of organisations across New Zealand, Australia and Asia including over 10 years with ANZ. He currently owns the investment and advisory firm, Balthazar & Co.

Dirk McLiesh will join Westpac NZ as Chief Risk Officer on August 15. He will fill the role vacated by Carolyn Kidd, who departed on May 27 after more than six years with the business.

He brings more than 25 years of banking experience and has previously held senior risk roles with Westpac Group in Australia from 2007-2017. More recently, Dirk held the position of General Manager Controls & Assurance for Customers, Products and Services at BNZ.

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand has confirmed it has no objections to the appointments.