Andrew Irvine appointed CEO of NAB

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The NAB Board of Directors today announced the appointment of Andrew Irvine as Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director.

Mr Irvine, NAB’s Group Executive Business and Private Banking since 2020, will succeed Ross McEwan CBE on 2 April 2024. Mr McEwan will retire from executive roles after a distinguished career in financial and insurance services.

NAB Chair Philip Chronican said Mr Irvine had key strengths supporting his appointment including passion for customer service, success leading Australia’s largest business bank franchise, people leadership, risk management and international experience.

Prior to joining NAB, Mr Irvine was Head of Canadian Business Banking at the Bank of Montreal (BMO), Canada’s oldest bank and one of its largest financial institutions. He held a range of roles at BMO over more than 12 years and previously worked for McKinsey & Company, Lycos Europe and Credit Agricole.

“Andrew is well suited to take NAB into its next chapter of growth and performance for our customers, colleagues and the communities we serve,” Mr Chronican said.

“The customer is front and centre for Andrew. He has lifted our business and private banking performance and been a tireless advocate for the agricultural sector, small business and First Nations business.

His expertise in digitisation, transformation and modernising has created significant benefits for how our bank operates. He has made work simpler and easier for colleagues by deeply understanding their needs.”

Mr Irvine said: “This is a humbling decision by the Board. I am excited by the opportunity to lead NAB, a bank that is core to the financial needs of so many Australians and New Zealanders.

“I have learned a great deal from Ross during his time as CEO. NAB is on the right trajectory to being a better bank and I will work with my colleagues to continue executing our strategic ambitions.

“I am very mindful of the responsibility of taking what has been built and continuing to grow our positive impact. This should benefit customers, colleagues and shareholders alike.

“This bank has a tremendous leadership team and colleagues who come to work every day wanting to deliver the best possible services.”

Mr Chronican paid tribute to Mr McEwan, who joined NAB in December 2019 with a mandate for change in the wake of the Royal Commission.

“Ross has been exactly the CEO we needed. He came in at a critical time with significant international experience and expertise,” he said.

“He reminded us of the value of getting the basics right, simplification and exceeding customer expectations. It was particularly pleasing that Ross has been able to foster internal talent to enable us to make this appointment from within the bank.

“He has rightly been recognised as a tremendous and reliable career banker. He has been a stabilising force for NAB and the industry and we wish him well for the future.”

Mr McEwan said he was delighted to see Mr Irvine announced as CEO after a lengthy assessment process.

“Andrew is a highly capable, internationally experienced banker who brings the right lens to us wanting to be Australia’s best relationship-driven bank,” he said.

“I have enjoyed the past four-plus years as CEO and the way in which NAB has improved its performance, standing, trust and reputation. I said when I joined NAB that Australians deserved for NAB to be a world class service provider and we are now closer to that ambition.

“I am confident to be leaving the bank’s customers in good hands with Andrew and the team.”

Mr Irvine will assume the position of Australian Banking Association Chair from Mr McEwan on behalf of NAB, which accepted Chair bank responsibilities for two years from December 2023.

A British-Canadian dual citizen, Mr Irvine has a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Business Management and Commerce from King’s College London and a Master of Business Administration from Western University in Ontario, Canada.

A new Group Executive Business and Private Banking will be selected in due course.

The full ASX statement can be found here. A bio of Andrew Irvine is available here. Details on the appointment of Andrew Irvine to the NAB Executive Team in 2020 are available here.

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