ANZ has chosen the top executive from its wealth division to serve as the bank's deputy chief executive. It is one of two senior appointments announced yesterday.
Both positions became open after ANZ's deputy chief executive Graham Hodges announced retirement following 27 years of service with the bank.
Alexis George will now serve in the deputy chief executive role, in addition to her current role as the ANZ Wealth Australia's group executive.
ANZ also announced the appointment of Mark Hand as the group executive for Australian business and private banking.
George led ANZ's $2.85 billion life insurance sale to Zurich in December and the $975 million superannuation and aligned dealer group businesses sale to IOOF in September, 2017.
The bank said she will continue to lead the divestments and maintain senior relationship management of ANZ's wealth product partners in Australia.
Now, she will also take on responsibility for the ANZ's group service centres.
In her new role as the deputy chief executive, George will assist ANZ chief executive Shayne Elliott with group-wide initiatives including the bank's engagement with government, regulators and employees.
"Alexis's appointment as deputy CEO is testament to her strong leadership skills across the bank and the work she has done to simplify our wealth businesses in Australia. 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 the government, regulators and of course our people," Elliott said.
George joined ANZ in 2013 as managing director insurance and has been the group executive for wealth Australia since 2016.
Before joining ANZ, she was the chief executive of ING's Czech Republic and Slovakia business which included banking, funds management as well as insurance.
Hand joined ANZ in 1998. In his most recent role, he was the managing director business and private banking, looking after about half a million business customers including small and regional businesses.
He also served as a director of ANZ Bank Taiwan Limited and ANZ Trustees prior to its sale.
"Having Mark join the executive committee is a natural next-step in our progress to building the best bank for those who want to start, run or grow a business. His deep corporate network will benefit ANZ and I am confident Mark will be a strong champion of Australian business owners on our executive committee. I also look forward to him continuing his work in advocating for our people, particularly in the space of diversity and inclusion," Elliott said.
Hand also chairs ANZ's diversity council in Australia.