by David Binning

Westpac names Scott Collary head of new tech-opps division

Jul 28, 2020
IT Leadership

Credit: Westpac

Westpac has tapped banking tech veteran Scott Collary to lead its recently formed ‘Group Operating Office’, which brings together technology and operations. 

It’s the latest in a string of executive appointments by the bank’s CEO Peter King, who noted that Collary’s extensive financial services experience made him the best hire for the job. 

“He has a proven track record of delivering large-scale transformation programs at major international banks that improve operating and technology performance,” King said in a statement.

Collary has spent the past two years with Canada’s Bank of Montreal, where he had responsibility for its North American personal and business banking, private wealth and global asset management divisions.   

Previously he held senior tech roles with ANZ and Citigroup, following an extensive career with Bank of America and Fifth Third Bank.

Collary will lead Westpac’s technology team – taking over from outgoing CIO Craig Bright – as well as the operations team, previously overseen by acting CFO, Gary Thursby, who King revealed today plans to leave Westpac next year.

A 13-year veteran at the bank, Thursby is credited with having developed Westpac’s fintech investment strategy, as well as overseeing its implementation of open banking. 

Thursby will act as CIO from September 25 when Mr Bright departs, before handing over to Collary upon his commencement later in the year.

King noted it has been a specific focus of his to bring tech and operations together in order to simplify the business.

“Bringing group operations and group technology into a single division will help us to continue to drive our technology transformation agenda and accelerate work on simplifying our processes,” he said.