NAB appoints three women to senior technology roles

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NAB has promoted three women into senior technology roles as the organisation continues one of the most significant transformations of any bank globally across its total technology environment.

Dayle Stevens, Lisa Palma and Nicole Devine have been promoted to General Manager positions within NAB’s Technology and NextGen teams, and have a combined 43 years experience working in technology and 29 years working at NAB.

Lisa Gray, NAB Group Executive, Enterprise Services and Transformation, said the appointments will help to break down the misconception that technology is a male-only world, while also demonstrating NAB’s commitment to develop and promote talent from within.

“As we continue to deliver our technology transformation to meet the changing needs of our customers, it is important that our business reflects the diverse community in which we operate,” Ms Gray said.

“This is why, at NAB, we want to be recognised as an employer of choice, not just for women, but for women in technology.

“As one of the largest technology employers in Melbourne, NAB wants to play a leadership role to demystify what it means to work in technology for women.

“Some people may perceive technology to be a ‘blokey’ environment but we certainly don’t think that way at NAB. Technology offers great flexibility, challenging jobs and rewarding pay. Plus, with the increasing digitisation of the economy, the career options are growing by the day.”

Ms Gray, Ms Stevens, Ms Palma and Ms Devine joined 300 other women in technology roles at NAB last week for a professional development session as part of NAB’s Women in Technology initiative. Ms Stevens, who is driving NAB’s Women in Technology initiative, said that technology is changing and the range of opportunities and the variety of roles and skills sets required in the sector is expanding.

“It’s not all about programming, not everyone in technology needs to be a ‘tech head’ with deep technical expertise,” Ms Stevens said.

“We need new skill sets in technology like engagement, governance and collaboration.”

NAB’s Women in Technology initiative focuses on helping women develop personally and professionally, while also helping NAB women to take an active role in addressing the systematic diversity challenges in IT.

Ms Stevens has been promoted to General Manager, Support Services Technology. Ms Palma has been promoted to General Manager, Technology Workplace Service Management. Ms Devine has been promoted to General Manager, Program Office and Commercial Management.

The Women in Technology program is a further demonstration of NAB’s leadership in the corporate sector for gender diversity. NAB is the only major bank to have conducted a gender pay equity audit to investigate possible causes or barriers to equal pay and is also the only major bank to introduce a domestic violence support policy – an issue which affects one in three women at some point in their lives, and two thirds of these women are in paid work.

NAB has committed to increasing the number of women in the top three layers of the organisation from 23% to 33% by 2015. By creating a 50/50 gender balance in its graduate program intake, NAB is also strengthening its talent pipeline.

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