BHP taps CSL’s Lamont for Beaven role

Original article by Brad Thompson
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 19 : 18-Jun-20

BHP has advised that David Lamont will succeed Peter Beaven as chief financial officer in December. Lamont has been CFO of listed biotechnology group CSL since 2016, and he was previously the CFO of mining company MMG. Beaven will remain at BHP until early 2021 during a transition phase. Macquarie Group notes that BHP generally appoints internal candidates to senior executive roles. Macquarie has retained its ‘outperform’ rating on BHP.

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BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP, CSL LIMITED – ASX CSL, MMG LIMITED, MACQUARIE GROUP LIMITED – ASX MQG

Bank bashing hurts economy

Original article by Richard Gluyas
The Australian – Page: 15 & 19 : 24-Jan-20

Former ANZ Bank CEO John McFarlane will succeed Lindsay Maxsted as Westpac’s chairman on 2 April. McFarlane has warned that continued criticism of the banking sector and policies such as the bank levy will affect the industry’s returns and ultimately impact on the economy via lower government revenue. His appointment follows Westpac’s alleged large-scale breach of anti-money laundering laws, which led to the departure of Maxsted and CEO Brian Hartzer.

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WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ, AUSTRALIA. ATTORNEY-GENERAL’S DEPT. AUSTRALIAN TRANSACTION REPORTS AND ANALYSIS CENTRE

Veteran banker to chair Westpac

Original article by John Durie, Joyce Moullakis
The Australian – Page: 15 & 16 : 23-Jan-20

Former ANZ Bank CEO John McFarlane is set to succeed Lindsay Maxsted as Westpac’s chairman. Maxsted will step down ahead of schedule in response to the bank’s breach of anti-money laundering laws. Sources have indicated that McFarlane was chosen due to factors such as his knowledge of the retail banking sector, his reputation as a ‘change agent’ and the fact that he has no prior links to Westpac. The major bank has yet to appoint a permanent successor to former CEO Brian Hartzer.

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WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ, AUSTRALIA. ATTORNEY-GENERAL’S DEPT. AUSTRALIAN TRANSACTION REPORTS AND ANALYSIS CENTRE

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

BHP’s new CEO Mike Henry vows to accelerate productivity push

Original article by Nick Toscano, Colin Kruger
Brisbane Times – Page: Online : 14-Nov-19

BHP CEO Andrew Mackenzie will step down at the end of 2019 after more than six years in the role. He will be succeeded by mining industry veteran Mike Henry, who will receive a base salary of $US1.7m ($2.5m). Henry, who has been the head of BHP’s Australian minerals division since 2016, says he will spend the next 45 days holding meetings with BHP staff across its global operations. Henry was regarded as a leading internal candidate to succeed Mackenzie.

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BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP

BHP succession once again in the spotlight

Original article by Nick Evans
The Australian – Page: 20 : 7-Nov-19

BHP CEO Andrew Mackenzie took the helm in May 2013, with his appointment having been announced at the resources giant’s half-year results presentation in February of that year. The position of former CEO Marius Kloppers had already come under scrutiny at BHP’s 2012 annual meeting in Australia; given Mackenzie’s tenure, shareholders at the 2019 annual meeting may be seeking guidance on succession planning. However, Mackenzie’s position is much more secure than Kloppers’ was in 2012.

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BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP

Oil Search taps Wulff as legend Botten retires

Original article by Angela Macdonald-Smith
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 16 & 22 : 2-Oct-19

Oil Search’s incoming CEO Keiran Wulff has downplayed suggestions that the Papua New Guinea-focused LNG producer may become a takeover target after Peter Botten steps down. Wulff says that succession planning has been in the works for some time, given that Botten has been at the helm for 25 years. Wulff, who currently heads Oil Search’s operations in Alaska, will succeed Botten in February. However, Botten will remain at Oil Search until August to ensure a smooth transition.

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OIL SEARCH LIMITED – ASX OSH, CREDIT SUISSE (AUSTRALIA) LIMITED, RBC CAPITAL MARKETS, ALLAN GRAY AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, EXXONMOBIL CORPORATION

Search narrows for new NAB boss

Original article by Joyce Moullakis
The Australian – Page: 21 : 19-Jun-19

National Australia Bank has declined to comment on progress regarding its search for a successor to former CEO Andrew Thorburn. However, sources have indicated that the shortlist of candidates has been trimmed and NAB has commenced a detailed assessment of internal candidates, who include Mike Baird and Anthony Healy. Thorburn stepped down in the wake of the Hayne royal commission, while NAB chairman Ken Henry will depart when a new CEO is appointed.

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NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK LIMITED – ASX NAB, AUSTRALIA. ROYAL COMMISSION INTO MISCONDUCT IN THE BANKING, SUPERANNUATION AND FINANCIAL SERVICES INDUSTRY, RUSSELL REYNOLDS ASSOCIATES INCORPORATED, MEDIBANK PRIVATE LIMITED – ASX MPL, COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA – ASX CBA, WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC, ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND GROUP PLC, BANK OF IRELAND PLC, MACQUARIE GROUP LIMITED – ASX MQG, AMP LIMITED – ASX AMP