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Australian Military Bank welcomes new CEO

02 March 2020

Australian Military Bank welcomes new CEO

Australian Military Bank Chairman, John Brooks today welcomed new CEO Darlene Mattiske-Wood, replacing John Ford who exits the business after seven years in the role.

“We are delighted to welcome Darlene to the bank and look forward to her leadership building on our substantial steps forward in digital innovation and member experience” says Brooks.

Most recently Deputy CEO for People’s Choice Credit Union since 2016, Ms Mattiske-Wood brings over twenty years’ experience in executive leadership to Australian Military Bank with fifteen years’ experience in the Mutual sector.

Ms Mattiske-Wood has extensive Strategic, Operational and People and Culture expertise. She has also held several Board positions including current director with COBA (Customer Owned Banking Association) and previous Chair of Mutual Market Place representing People’s Choice in the Joint Venture Procurement Company between CUA and People’s Choice.

Commenting on her appointment Ms Mattiske-Wood said, “We are member-owned, our purpose for being is ‘our members’ and we have a tremendous contribution to make to the financial wellbeing of our ownership. There is no confusion about our key objective or which stakeholders we serve. We are member-first and this clarity will be informing all dimensions of my leadership of Australian Military Bank” says Ms Mattiske-Wood.

“I can see many opportunities to build on past success” she continues, “Last month the bank announced impressive half yearly financial results that provide a strong basis for the banks future growth through its digital-first strategy. Further, the bank is in the first phases of participation in The First Home Owners Deposit Scheme as well as its on-going participation with Department of Defence as one of only three approved Defence Housing Ownership Assistance Scheme (DHOAS) participants” she says.

Ms Mattiske-Wood assumes executive control of Australian Military Bank following its recent 60th anniversary celebrations. She concludes, “The chance to serve our members is a privilege not a right and I regard a legacy of 60 years’ service and our members trust as our most valuable asset”.

Read the full press release here.

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