Monday, 16 December 2019 03:35

UBank exec Hatton joining Suncorp as head of banking, wealth division

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Former UBank executive Lee Hatton to join Suncorp Former UBank executive Lee Hatton to join Suncorp

Former UBank executive responsible for the growth and expansion of the bank’s online products and services, Lee Hatton, has been appointed chief executive officer of the banking & wealth division of Queensland finance, insurance and banking corporation Suncorp.

Hatton has been CEO of UBank since 2015, overseeing its customer growth and the expansion of its online products and services and her extensive financial services career includes senior roles at BNZ, National Australia Bank and Great Western Bank in the United States.

Suncorp also announced the appointment of Jeremy Robson as group chief financial officer.

Hatton will commence her role in the first half of next year while Robson’s appointment is effective immediately.

Suncorp Group CEO Steve Johnston said Hatton and Robson brought “deep specialist experience, a track record delivering positive business outcomes and strong leadership” to their respective roles.

“Lee is the ideal leader for Suncorp Bank as we continue to transform the experience our customers have with us. Her track record of building customer-focused, digital banking offerings and ability to positively influence organisational culture means she is the ideal candidate to lead Suncorp Bank in the rapidly evolving and highly competitive environment we are in,” Johnston said.

“Lee’s mandate is to ensure Suncorp Bank builds on its position as a strong regional bank with an unwavering focus on its customers and their local communities, while continuing to deliver sustainable contributions to the Group’s performance.”

Hatton said she was looking forward to leading Suncorp Bank through a transformational time in the banking industry.

“I am excited by the opportunity to lead Suncorp Bank and be part of a great team as it moves into its next phase of growth and transformation. Suncorp Bank is already outperforming its peers and some of the majors through its digital banking capabilities and has signalled its intention to strengthen its core banking offerings through its strong investment in organisational capability and culture,” she said.

Robson has had an extensive financial services career during which he has also been responsible for strategy and corporate development, group performance and capital management, and external reporting.

Robson has been Suncorp’s acting group CFO since May 2019 and has also held deputy group CFO, Suncorp Life CEO and Suncorp Life CFO roles since joining the the group in 2013.

Prior to Suncorp, Robson held executive financial services roles at ANZ, AXA and KPMG.

Steve Johnston said Robson was a highly experienced and capable CFO who already has strong relationships with the external market.

“In his time at Suncorp, Jeremy has consistently demonstrated his understanding of the Group’s finance function, appreciation of external market issues and the leadership values required in such a pivotal role for the Group,” Johnston said.
“I look forward to working with Jeremy, Lee and the rest of the group’s leadership team to deliver the FY20 priorities we outlined earlier this year.”

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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