ME has appointed a former ANZ technology executive to the newly created role of data general manager – the industry fund-owned bank’s fifth new IT leadership role.
Former ANZ head of enterprise information architecture G has taken on the position and will be responsible for extending the strategic value of data for the Bank.
Ms South has 15 years’ information management experience with complex information environments including NAB and JP Morgan in the UK and ANZ and Telstra in Australia. She also recently partnered with Monash University, resulting in a number of academic papers.
ME chief information officer Mark Gay said it was an important appointment as more and more regulated industries like banking and insurance look to employ chief data officers.
“Data is a strategic asset and needs to be given prominence and consideration in its own right rather than being subsumed within other technology functions,’ Mr Gay said.
“Data analysis has always been in use at ME for the purpose of managing risk, productivity and marketing, but new data sets are emerging and new ways of using existing data sets that can provide valuable advantages to businesses, particularly around customer relationships and behaviour.”
Ms South said she is looking forward to building on ME’s capabilities in data management and analysis and leveraging opportunities with ME’s 29 industry super fund shareholders, to ultimately improve engagement with bank customers and super fund members alike.
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