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

Westpac’s vision is to be a world leading company in inclusion. It continues to see results as it develops and embeds a strategy that fosters diversity and inclusion across the organisation. By creating a culture where individuals feel comfortable being themselves at all times, Westpac encourages its people to flourish personally and professionally.

An enduring focus on championing women in leadership positions has grown and diversified the level of expertise at senior levels, while providing inspiration and pathways to employees from across the bank. Westpac is proud of its wide range of family policies, flexibility practices and development programmes that support the recruitment and retention of great people.

The company has supported Global Women since its inception and has been a vocal and active advocate for business policies that benefit  employees, customers and communities.

Westpac continues to encourage other organisations to realise the benefits of having a diverse and inclusive workplace. As well as being a Major Partner of Global Women, Westpac is also a Champion for Change, co-host of the prestigious Women of Influence Awards, a recipient of Shine’s DVFREE Tick, and the founding platinum sponsor of the Rainbow Tick Awards.

Other initiatives

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