Introducing David

David McLean is an experienced banker who is the Chief Executive Officer, Westpac New Zealand Ltd. 

David joined Westpac in 1999 to head the Debt Capital Markets group in New Zealand. He was appointed Head of Westpac Institutional Bank NZ in 2004 and in 2009, he was also appointed as GM for Private, Wealth and Insurance. In 2012, David transferred to New York as Head of the Americas for the Westpac Banking Corporation. In 2014, David returned to Westpac NZ to take up the role of acting CEO until his permanent appointment in February 2015. 

Before joining Westpac, David worked as a lawyer in private practice and as in‐house counsel for Natwest, before joining the Capital Markets Group of Southpac/National Bank in 1988. Joining Deutsche Morgan Grenfell in 1994, David was responsible for starting a new debt capital markets origination business. He also established the NZ branch of Deutsche Bank and was NZ Resident Branch Manager. 

David has a LLB (Hons) from Victoria University of Wellington. 

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About Westpac

Inclusion and diversity are more than just buzzwords to Westpac NZ, or something that we do on the side of our day jobs. They are core to our current and future success, because a workforce that is representative of its customer base enables a truly customer-focussed approach to business. 

We believe that in order to achieve sustainable success in our diversity agenda, it requires not only strong leadership from the top but leadership at all levels of the organisation. That means diversity and inclusiveness are owned - and championed - throughout the organisation. 

In fact, the best ideas for diversity come from our own people, who we empower through our range of Employee Action Groups (EAGs) to drive our Diversity and Inclusion strategy, which we launched in 2013, and foster inclusiveness at Westpac NZ. 

As an organisation, we all work to ensure that what we do is relevant to our people, customers and community. Our DVFREE and Dementia Friendly Banking initiatives are good examples of initiatives from our employees to raise awareness and provide support to some of the diverse challenges facing New Zealanders. 

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