Kiwibank fills two executive roles

by Krizzel Canlas16 Jan 2019

Kiwibank has announced two new key appointments, and has brought in Mike Hendriksen as chief legal officer and Elliot Smith as chief strategy and innovation officer.

Hendriksen joins Kiwibank from Westpac New Zealand, where he was assistant general counsel and chief compliance officer. He is a barrister and solicitor and was involved in the response to the findings of the Australian Royal Commission that sparked both the FMA and RBNZ’s review of banking conduct and culture. In his new role, Hendriksen will help Kiwibank consider its own changes – both in response to the changing expectations of stakeholders and local regulators.

Meanwhile, Smith will come on board later this month from ASB, where he was general manager of strategy and business transformation. In his new role, he will be responsible for understanding industry disruption as well as how to make the most of those opportunities.

“Both Elliot and Mike bring a wide range of skills and experience that make them ideal for Kiwibank’s next phase of growth, which will see us have much bigger impact on the New Zealand banking markets,” Kiwibank CEO Steve Jurkovich said.

Both appointees will be based in Kiwibank’s Auckland office.

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