Heartland Bank announces new CEO

Former Westpac Life chief executive takes on CEO role at Heartland Bank.

Heartland Bank has appointed Leanne Lazarus as its new chief executive officer.

Lazarus will succeed the current Heartland Bank CEO Chris Flood, who has been appointed deputy group CEO of Heartland Bank’s parent company, Heartland Group Holdings.

Lazarus will join Heartland Bank from her role as CEO and executive director of Westpac Life, Westpac New Zealand’s insurance entity, which was recently sold.

She has 30 years of global experience in banking and financial services, with senior roles in both Westpac and ANZ.

Flood's appointment will see him taking more roles in both Australaia and New Zealand. He will take up his position in November, allowing time for a handover with Leanne.

Jeff Greenslade continues as CEO of Heartland Group.

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