BHP backs government over Kyoto loophole

Original article by James Fernyhough
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 20 : 24-Sep-19

BHP CEO Andrew Mackenzie is said to have expressed support for the Coalition’s proposal to use Kyoto carryover credits to meet Australia’s carbon emissions reduction targets under the Paris agreement. Sources have confirmed that Mackenzie did so in a private call with institutional investors on 20 September, although a BHP spokesman has declined to comment. The Minerals Council of Australia and the Business Council of Australia also support the use of carryover credits. Mackenzie had advocated greater action to address climate change earlier in 2019.

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Are BHP shareholders on board with crusading boss?

Original article by Janet Albrechtsen
The Australian – Page: Online : 14-Aug-19

BHP CEO Andrew Mackenzie has shown he is not averse to speaking out on issues such as climate change and a separate voice for indigenous people in the Constitution; he has indicated it is proper that he should do so. However, it is reasonable to ask whether BHP shareholders are comfortable with his stance, as well as querying where the BHP board stands on the issues he is raising and whether his views have their sanction. It is possible that giving indigenous Australians a separate voice could at some point impact on BHP’s shareholder value, so it is reasonable to ask whether Mackenzie has given the board any projections regarding this possibility.

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Super, insurance chiefs to face MPs

Original article by Phillip Coorey
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 7 : 26-Jul-19

The CEOs of insurance companies and superannuation funds will be required to appear before federal parliament’s Standing Committee on Economics at least once a year. Bank CEOs have had to front the committee regularly since 2016, and the heads of industry groups such as the Australian Banking Association will now also be asked to do so. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has defended the government’s slow response to implementing the Hayne royal commission’s recommendations, stressing the need to proceed with caution to avoid any unintended consequences.

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David Morgan reveals failed Westpac-CBA mega-merger

Original article by Tony Boyd
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 2 : 20-Feb-19

The official biography of former Westpac CEO David Morgan outlines the bank’s proposed merger with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia in 1989, when he was the head of institutional banking at Westpac. The merger ultimately failed to proceed due to disagreement over leadership of the new entity. Westpac CEO Bob Joss was to have been overlooked in favour of CBA CEO David Murray, with Joss to be given the role of vice-chairman in charge of restructuring. CBA directors were also against Morgan and Westpac CFO Pat Handley joining the board of the combined group.

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NAB bosses dig in: we’ll fix culture

Original article by Joyce Moullakis
The Australian – Page: 1 & 5 : 6-Feb-19

Brett Le Mesurier of Shaw & Partners expects National Australia Bank CEO Andrew Thorburn to resign by the end of February, followed by chairman Ken Hendy later in the year. However, Thorburn has indicated that he will remain in his role despite attracting criticism in the final report of the financial services royal commission. He also says NAB will review and revise its strategy to improve its culture and governance.

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Thorburn to take two long breaks

Original article by Jonathan Shapiro, Misa Han
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 14 : 18-Dec-18

National Australia Bank has advised that CFO Gary Lennon will become acting CEO while Andrew Thorburn is on extended leave. Thorburn will go on annual leave after NAB’s upcoming AGM, but he will return to work before the final report of the financial services royal commission is released on 1 February. He will subsequently go on long service leave for a month. Thorburn says the two breaks will allow him to "reflect and recharge". It has been a challenging year for the banking sector, and NAB in particular.

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CBA, NAB chairmen to face Hayne heat

Original article by Richard Gluyas
The Australian – Page: 23 : 14-Nov-18

Commonwealth Bank of Australia chair Catherine Livingstone will appear before the financial services royal commission on 19 November. National Australia Bank chairman Ken Henry is expected to front the inquiry in the following week. The CEOs of the four major banks will also give evidence during the final round of public hearings, along with Macquarie Group’s Nicholas Moore, AMP’s Mike Wilkins and the heads of ASIC and APRA. CBA and NAB attracted criticism in the royal commission’s interim report.

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CBA abusing the law fighting customers: Labor

Original article by James Eyers
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 19 : 12-Oct-18

Commonwealth Bank of Australia CEO Matt Comyn appeared before the House of Representatives economics committee on 11 October. He admitted that the misconduct exposed by the financial services royal commission had hurt some customers, and said CBA is changing its organisational culture in the wake of the scandals that have rocked the bank. Labor MP Clare O’Neil criticised CBA’s approach to dealing with customers’ complaints, including the use of aggressive litigation tactics.

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Bank CEOs to face off with fired-up MPs

Original article by James Frost
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 17 : 11-Oct-18

Liberal MP Tim Wilson, who chairs federal parliament’s standing committee on economics, says bank CEOs can expect to face a grilling when they front the committee in coming days. He says that amongst other things, the committee will be demanding information on how the major banks intend to address governance concerns and compensate customers for misconduct. Commonwealth Bank CEO Matt Comyn and Westpac CEO Brian Hartzer will appear before the committee on 11 October.

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Exposure was good for banks: Elliott

Original article by Richard Gluyas
The Australian – Page: 21 : 24-Aug-18

ANZ Bank CEO Shayne Elliott has no regrets about his involvement in calling for the financial services royal commission, even though the evidence it has presented has been "confronting". The CEOs and chairmen of the major banks urged Treasurer Scott Morrison to hold the inquiry in a letter sent to him in November 2017. They noted that confidence in the financial system was being hurt by the ongoing speculation about the prospect of a royal commission.

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