AustCham Shanghai Event Reminder:Australian Keynote Speaker: Gail Kelly and Rob Whitfield, Westpac

Australian Keynote Speaker: Gail Kelly and Rob Whitfield, Westpac

AustCham Shanghai is delighted to welcome back Gail Kelly, CEO and Managing Director, Westpac Banking Corporation and Rob Whitfield, Group Executive, Westpac Institutional Bank, at this not to be missed Australian financial overview.

Gail Kelly and Rob Whitfield will share with us their experiences in guiding this iconic Australia company over the last 12 months following the turmoil of the global financial crisis. Westpac and the Australian financial system, have weathered the storm and emerged in good shape with Australia as one of the only developed countries globally not to enter recession during this period.

Guest Speakers:

Gail Kelly, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Westpac
Dip.Ed, BA, MBA, DBus (Charles Sturt University)

Gail was appointed Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Westpac on 1 February 2008. Immediately prior to this, she served as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of St.George Bank Limited for five and a half years. During this period, St.George doubled its assets and net profit after tax. Between October 1997 and December 2001, Gail was employed at the Commonwealth Bank as General Manager, Strategic Marketing, and later became Head of Customer Service and a member of the bank’s Executive Committee.

Gail began her career at Nedcor Bank, one of the largest banks in South Africa, where she held various General Manager positions, including HR, cards and personal banking. Gail is currently a Director of Melbourne Business School Limited and a member of the Financial Services Advisory Council.

Rob Whitfield, Group Executive, Westpac Institutional Bank
BCom, GradDipBanking, GradDipFin, AMP (Harvard)

Rob was appointed Group Executive, Westpac Institutional Bank in July 2009. He has responsibility for Westpac’s global relationships with corporate, institutional and government clients, and core product offerings across financial and capital markets, transactional banking, and working capital and payments. Rob also has responsibility for Hastings Funds Management and Westpac’s equities, structured finance, global treasury, Asian and Pacific Island businesses.

Rob joined Westpac as a graduate in 1986, and gained broad experience in the financial markets. He joined Treasury in 1993 and was appointed Group Treasurer in 2000. In 2004 he became Chief Risk Officer and joined the executive team in December 2005. From April 2007, Rob undertook advisory work as a Group Executive for Westpac’s Chief Executive with responsibility for the overseeing the merger with St.George Bank Limited. He was appointed Group Executive, Risk Management in November 2008 prior to assuming his current role.

Event date:Monday 22 March 2010


Venue::Le Royal Meridien Shanghai

Address:789 Nanjing East Road (上海市南京东路789号)

Member Cost: 240RMB
Non Member Cost: 340RMB
Cost includes buffet lunch

RSVP Date: Friday 19 March 2010

Reserve your attendance by Friday 19 March 2010 with Helen Li, Administrative Assistant via email: helen.li@austchamshanghai.com.

Walk In Policy: Please note that if you show up on the day of the event without a booking you will be charged a 50RMB “walk in” fee if spaces are still available.

Cancellation Policy: Please note you must cancel your reservation in writing 24 hours in advance. AustCham will pass on any costs incurred for no shows to the persons concerned.

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