New chief confronts huge task at AMP

Original article by Joyce Moullakis
The Weekend Australian – Page: 21 & 25 : 3-Apr-21

Analysts are generally positive about the appointment of Alexis George to succeed Francesco De Ferrari as CEO of embattled wealth manager AMP, but note the challenges that she will face. George is currently deputy CEO at the ANZ Bank, and will take up her new role in the September quarter. AMP’s shares have fallen more than 45 per cent since De Ferrari became CEO in December 2018. AMP is still in talks with Ares Management regarding the sale of its private markets division.

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AMP LIMITED – ASX AMP, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ, ARES MANAGEMENT CORPORATION

The three most likely: Nine’s search for new CEO narrows

Original article by Lilly Vitorovich, James Madden
The Australian – Page: 19 : 8-Feb-21

Nine Entertainment Company is widely tipped to appoint an internal candidate to succeed Hugh Marks as CEO. Oscar Oberg of Wilson Asset Management and Brian Han of Morningstar both expect either Nine’s head of publishing Chris Janz or Stan CEO Mike Sneesby to get the job. However, Carl Fennessy of Endemol Shine Australia is believed to be the leading external candidate to replace Marks, who has stepped down in the wake of revelations of his relationship with a junior executive.

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NINE ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX NEC, WILSON ASSET MANAGEMENT, STAN ENTERTAINMENT PTY LTD, ENDEMOL SHINE AUSTRALIA PTY LTD

Cleanaway CEO Vik Bansal to step down

Original article by Lachlan Moffet Gray, Eli Greenblat, John Durie
The Australian – Page: Online : 22-Jan-21

Shares in waste management company Cleanaway fell by as much as 10 per cent on 21 January after Vik Bansal announced he would be stepping down as CEO; they eventually closed down 8.5 per cent. Bansal had been the subject of significant scrutiny during the latter part of 2020 after it emerged he had been accused of improper behaviour towards staff. He will present Cleanaway’s interim results on 19 February and assist its board with the transition to a new CEO, while it is believed he has accepted an offer to head up Sanjeev Gupta’s InfraBuild Australian steel operations.

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CLEANAWAY WASTE MANAGEMENT LIMITED – ASX CWY

Woodside strategy queried as CEO flags exit

Original article by Angela Macdonald-Smith
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 21 : 9-Dec-20

Woodside Petroleum will consider both internal and external candidates to succeed CEO Peter Coleman, who has advised that he will step down in the second half of 2021. Potential external candidates are said to include Santos CEO Kevin Gallagher and ex-Shell Australia chair Zoe Yujnovich, while Meg O’Neill is widely regarded as the leading internal contender. Some observers have raised concern that Woodside is slated to make a final investment decision on its Scarborough LNG project at around the same time that Coleman will leave the oil and gas group.

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WOODSIDE PETROLEUM LIMITED – ASX WPL, SANTOS LIMITED – ASX STO

Holgate resigns over Cartier row

Original article by Jared Lynch
The Australian – Page: 3 : 3-Nov-20

Outgoing Virgin Australia CEO Paul Scurrah is being tipped as a possible replacement for Christine Holgate, after Holgate resigned as Australia Post CEO with immediate effect on 2 November. Holgate’s resignation followed ongoing controversy after she recently told a Senate estimates committee that she had spent almost $20,000 on Cartier watches to reward four Australia Post executives who had secured a $66 million per annum deal with three of the big four banks in 2018. Holgate said she "deeply regretted" the purchase of the watches, conceding that for many that it did not "pass the pub test". Scurrah was on the Australia Post board for almost two years from July 2017, and will step down from Virgin when its sale to Bain Capital is completed at the end of November.

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VIRGIN AUSTRALIA HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX VAH, AUSTRALIA POST, BAIN CAPITAL LLC

Westpac chief Peter King eyes fast restart

Original article by James Frost
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 20 : 3-Apr-20

Westpac has appointed Peter King as CEO for the next two years. King, who has been acting CEO since September, says 22,000 of Westpac’s 33,000 employees are now working from home in response to the coronavirus; typically it is around 1,000. Westpac has had 100,000 requests for assistance from customers and 26,000 requests for help from small businesses since the banking sector launched its response to the virus. King says Westpac will looking at businesses that can recover quickly once the worst of COVID-19 is over in terms of the ones it decides to assist.

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WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC

Anderson bows out of Ten amid ViacomCBS revamp

Original article by Lilly Vitorovich
The Australian – Page: 19 : 12-Mar-20

US media giant ViacomCBS has advised that it will not replace Ten Network CEO Paul Anderson following his sudden resignation. It will instead appoint co-leads for the free-to-air network. A management restructuring will also result in Ten’s chief content officer Beverley McGarvey being promoted to the same role across ViacomCBS’s operations in Australia and New Zealand. Meanwhile, KordaMentha partner Henriette Rothschild has been appointed as ViacomCBS’s interim chief transformation officer.

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TEN NETWORK HOLDINGS LIMITED, VIACOMCBS INCORPORATED

Early exit for BHP’s Mackenzie

Original article by Nick Evans
The Australian – Page: 14 : 24-Dec-19

BHP’s outgoing CEO Andrew Mackenzie had previously advised that he will leave the resources giant on 30 June. However, he says the transition to new CEO Mike Henry is ahead of schedule, so he will now depart on 31 March. BHP has advised that Mackenzie will not receive any severance pay or a payment in lieu of notice. Henry, who formally takes the helm on 1 January, is expected to make changes to BHP’s executive leadership team.

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BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP

Dump directors or we’ll oust the lot, Westpac told

Original article by Michael Roddan, Andrew White
The Australian – Page: 1 & 4 : 27-Nov-19

Westpac chairman Lindsay Maxsted has indicated that he will have no role in the global search for a successor to CEO Brian Hartzer. CFO Peter King will become acting CEO following Hartzer’s resignation over the Austrac scandal, while Maxsted himself intends to bring forward his retirement to the first half of 2020. Meanwhile, Westpac may face a board spill at its upcoming annual meeting, with institutional investors demanding that more directors and executives be held accountable for the scandal. Hartzer will receive a $2.7m payout, although he will forgo short-term and long-term bonuses worth up to $22m.

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WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC, AUSTRALIA. ATTORNEY-GENERAL’S DEPT. AUSTRALIAN TRANSACTION REPORTS AND ANALYSIS CENTRE, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF HOME AFFAIRS, AUSTRALIA. FUTURE FUND MANAGEMENT AGENCY, AUSTRALIANSUPER PTY LTD, UNISUPER LIMITED, NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK LIMITED – ASX NAB, COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA – ASX CBA, CONSTRUCTION AND BUILDING UNIONS’ SUPERANNUATION FUND, AUSTRALIAN COUNCIL OF SUPERANNUATION INVESTORS INCORPORATED, STANDARD AND POOR’S FINANCIAL SERVICES LLC

Westpac must start hunt for a new CEO

Original article by Terry McCrann
Herald Sun – Page: 35 : 21-Nov-19

It is inevitable that Westpac CEO Brian Hartzer will have to step down in the wake of the banking sector’s latest money laundering scandal. This will leave ANZ’s Shayne Elliott as the only CEO of a big four bank who was appointed prior to the Hayne royal commission. The only issue for Westpac’s board is whether to opt for an internal or external successor. Meanwhile, questions need to be asked about the failure of Austrac to ensure that Westpac and the Commonwealth Bank were complying with anti-money laundering laws.

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WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC, COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA – ASX CBA, AUSTRALIA. ATTORNEY-GENERAL’S DEPT. AUSTRALIAN TRANSACTION REPORTS AND ANALYSIS CENTRE, AUSTRALIAN SECURITIES AND INVESTMENTS COMMISSION, AUSTRALIA. ROYAL COMMISSION INTO MISCONDUCT IN THE BANKING, SUPERANNUATION AND FINANCIAL SERVICES INDUSTRY, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ, NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK LIMITED – ASX NAB