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

NAB narrows list of candidates for CEO

Original article by Richard Gluyas
The Australian – Page: 20 : 3-May-19

National Australia Bank’s interim CEO Phil Chronican has indicated that the short-list of contenders to succeed Andrew Thorburn is "manageable". Mike Baird and Anthony Healy are widely regarded as the leading internal candidates for the role. Chronican will become chairman when a permanent CEO is appointed, and he says NAB has taken measures to ensure that his independence as chairman is not compromised due to his current role.

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NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK LIMITED – ASX NAB, ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND GROUP PLC, WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ, COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA – ASX CBA, AUSTRALIA. ROYAL COMMISSION INTO MISCONDUCT IN THE BANKING, SUPERANNUATION AND FINANCIAL SERVICES INDUSTRY

McEwan’s RBS exit fuels NAB CEO talk

Original article by Richard Gluyas
The Australian – Page: 17 & 20 : 26-Apr-19

There is growing speculation that Ross McEwan is a contender to succeed Andrew Thorburn as CEO of National Australia Bank, following his resignation as CEO of the Royal Bank of Scotland. McEwan has been CEO of RBS since 2013, and it has returned to profitability and reinstated dividends under his leadership. Mike Baird and Anthony Healy are widely seen as the leading internal candidates to replace Thorburn, who resigned in February.

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NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK LIMITED – ASX NAB, ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND GROUP PLC, COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA – ASX CBA, RUSSELL REYNOLDS ASSOCIATES INCORPORATED, MEDIBANK PRIVATE LIMITED – ASX MPL

Chronican to steer NAB out of trouble

Original article by Richard Gluyas
The Australian – Page: 17 & 21 : 7-Mar-19

National Australia Bank’s interim CEO Phil Chronican will succeed Ken Henry as chairman. There had been speculation that Chronican could be a contender to replace Andrew Thorburn as CEO, but Chronican says he did not want to commit to the arduous role of CEO on a permanent basis. Chronican adds that he does not expect the process of recruiting Thorburn’s successor to take very long. Henry and Thorburn both resigned following the release of the Hayne royal commission’s final report, which heavily criticised both men.

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NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK LIMITED – ASX NAB, AUSTRALIA. ROYAL COMMISSION INTO MISCONDUCT IN THE BANKING, SUPERANNUATION AND FINANCIAL SERVICES INDUSTRY, WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ

Henry should not pick new NAB chief: Costello

Original article by Jonathan Shapiro
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 18 : 12-Feb-19

Former federal treasurer Peter Costello suggests that regulators’ failure to prosecute misconduct in the financial services sector was due to reluctance to enforce the law rather that funding constraints. Costello also believes that it is inappropriate for National Australia Bank chairman Ken Henry to oversee the appointment of a new CEO. Henry will step down after a successor to Andrew Thorburn is recruited. Costello adds that bank directors and executives must prioritise compliance with the law in the wake of the financial services royal commission.

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NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK LIMITED – ASX NAB, AUSTRALIA. ROYAL COMMISSION INTO MISCONDUCT IN THE BANKING, SUPERANNUATION AND FINANCIAL SERVICES INDUSTRY, AUSTRALIA. FUTURE FUND MANAGEMENT AGENCY, COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA – ASX CBA, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ, WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC, NINE ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX NEC

Big agenda: Chronican has his work cut out for NAB revival

Original article by Eric Johnston
The Australian – Page: 17 : 11-Feb-19

Anthony Healy and Mike Baird are said to be the leading internal candidates to succeed National Australia Bank CEO Andrew Thorburn, while external contenders could include Craig Drummond, Ross McEwan and Lyn Cobley. Acting CEO Philip Chronican stresses that NAB has a "very clear strategy" that is being well executed. He notes that the last week has been challenging for the bank, with the resignation of Thorburn and chairman Ken Henry and the release of the banking royal commission’s final report.

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NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK LIMITED – ASX NAB, AUSTRALIA. ROYAL COMMISSION INTO MISCONDUCT IN THE BANKING, SUPERANNUATION AND FINANCIAL SERVICES INDUSTRY, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ, MEDIBANK PRIVATE LIMITED – ASX MPL, WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC, ST GEORGE BANK LIMITED

NAB in turmoil as duo exit

Original article by Joyce Moullakis, Ben Butler
The Australian – Page: 1 & 4 : 8-Feb-19

Phil Chronican will become acting CEO of National Australia Bank after Andrew Thorburn advised that he will step down on 28 February. Chairman Ken Henry will also step down when a permanent CEO is appointed. Thorburn and Henry in particular had attracted criticism in the financial services royal commission’s final report over their reluctance to accept responsibility for the misconduct that was exposed by the inquiry. Some fund managers expect NAB to choose an external candidate to replace Thorburn, although Mike Baird and Anthony Healy are said to be among the internal contenders.

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NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK LIMITED – ASX NAB, AUSTRALIA. ROYAL COMMISSION INTO MISCONDUCT IN THE BANKING, SUPERANNUATION AND FINANCIAL SERVICES INDUSTRY, WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC, MEDIBANK PRIVATE LIMITED – ASX MPL, AMP LIMITED – ASX AMP, COMMONWEALTH AGRICULTURAL BUREAU INTERNATIONAL, AUSTRALIAN COUNCIL OF SUPERANNUATION INVESTORS INCORPORATED, THE HUMAN GROUP, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIA

NAB operations boss quits as Baird firms for top job

Original article by James Eyers
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 15 & 18 : 28-Aug-18

Former New South Wales premier Mike Baird is now regarded as the leading internal candidate to eventually succeed National Australia Bank CEO Andrew Thorburn. COO Antony Cahill had been seen as a potential successor, but he will leave the bank in mid-September to take up a role at Visa in the UK. Andrew Hagger was also regarded as a contender to replace Thorburn, but he attracted scrutiny by the banking royal commission over the fee-for-no-service scandal. External candidates are said to include former Westpac executive Jason Yetton.

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NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK LIMITED – ASX NAB, VISA INTERNATIONAL, AUSTRALIA. ROYAL COMMISSION INTO MISCONDUCT IN THE BANKING, SUPERANNUATION AND FINANCIAL SERVICES INDUSTRY, WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC, SOCIETYONE AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, MLC LIMITED, PERPETUAL LIMITED – ASX PPT

Macquarie’s new chief sees upside

Original article by Joyce Moullakis, Vesna Poljak
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 21 : 27-Jul-18

Macquarie Group has announced that Shemara Wikramanayake will succeed Nicholas Moore as CEO of the investment bank. Wikramanayake, who joined Macquarie in 1987, will take up her new job towards the end of November. She has been the head of Macquarie Asset Management, which has assets of $A534.1 billion since 2008. Macquarie’s shares closed 2.6 per cent lower at $A121.70 on 26 July.

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MACQUARIE GROUP LIMITED – ASX MQG, MACQUARIE ASSET MANAGEMENT, QANTAS AIRWAYS LIMITED – ASX QAN, WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC, ST GEORGE BANK LIMITED, PERENNIAL INVESTMENT PARTNERS LIMITED, SHAW AND PARTNERS LIMITED, INDIAN PACIFIC ASSET MANAGEMENT

Backing for new Domain chief

Original article by Darren Davidson
The Australian – Page: 23 : 4-Jul-18

Domain Holdings’ shares closed 0.63 per cent lower at $3.15 on 3 July, after the property listings group advised that Google Australia MD Jason ­Pellegrino will succeed Antony Catalano as CEO. Pellegrino will be paid $1.2m a year in his new role, plus a $500,000 sign-on bonus and $2m worth of Domain shares. Institutional investors are largely positive about his appointment, although some note his lack of experience in the real estate sector.

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DOMAIN HOLDINGS AUSTRALIA LIMITED – ASX DHG, FAIRFAX MEDIA LIMITED – ASX FXJ, GOOGLE AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, MARTIN CURRIE INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT LIMITED, LEGG MASON ASSET MANAGEMENT AUSTRALIA LIMITED, WILSON ASSET MANAGEMENT