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Westpac Board extends CEO Peter King’s contract

By Edil Corneille

October 30, 2020

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Westpac, Australia, digital banking, platform, big 4, four,Westpac Chairman, John McFarlane, today announced that the Westpac Board and CEO, Peter King, had agreed to amend his employment contract removing the two-year term.

McFarlane said the Board and King have had recent discussions and King has confirmed that he is committed to the multi-year plan to turn the company around. Reflecting these discussions, his employment contract has been amended to a standard 12-month notice period.

“In the short time Peter has been CEO, he has made a significant contribution to Westpac, in a year of unprecedented change,” McFarlane said.

“He has guided Westpac through the challenges of COVID-19 as well as settling the AUSTRAC matter.

“His strategy reset is already driving fundamental change to how the company operates with clearer accountability, faster decision making and a focus on improving risk management. He has also refreshed the Executive Team and refocused the Bank on its core markets and products.

“Given the program of work underway, we are delighted to have leadership continuity,” McFarlane said.

King stated, “It is a privilege to lead Westpac. While I am pleased with what we have achieved over the last six months, we have a significant agenda ahead that requires a longer-term commitment than two years. I am determined to see Westpac return to a leadership position.”

King’s contract terms remain unchanged, except for the removal of the 2-year term.

This month, Westpac announced it will be selling its 10.7 per cent stake in Zip by way of a fully underwritten book build to institutional investors domiciled in Australia and other relevant jurisdictions. In 2017, Westpac made an initial $40 million equity investment in Zip, with a subsequent $8.9 million invested in 2019.

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