Pepper gets new NZ boss

Pepper Money has appointed a new Country Head for New Zealand with Michelle Sargeant heading back to Australia.

Campbell Smith

He has more than 20 years’ experience in the banking and financial services industry, and has substantial, executive leadership, financial, and operational experience, having worked in various commercial functions across mortgages and asset finance.

Smith’s most recent role was Director and Country Manager at LeasePlan, prior to which he worked at organisations including Turners Automotive, Westpac, and Deloitte.

Also, he has been an executive committee member of the Financial Services Federation – New Zealand’s non-bank industry body and lobby group.

“Following the accelerated growth of Pepper Money in the New Zealand market, Campbell was chosen after an extensive and extremely competitive selection process,” Pepper Money chief executive Mario Rehayem said,

“This newly appointed role marks an exciting new chapter for Pepper Money, and I look forward to working with Campbell to ensure we continue to grow our presence and extend our reach in the New Zealand market.”

“Campbell champions the values that align with Pepper Money. His leadership style is hands-on, energetic and he demonstrates an attitude of can do and empowerment – which comes as a requisite for effective leadership.”

Ultimately, this new leadership role highlights Pepper Money’s investment in its core capabilities Rehayem says.

“We want to continue delivering great outcomes for our Kiwi customers, advisers, and our partners, so we’re persistently investing in our people, products, and digital capabilities to keep up with the needs of the market.”

Pepper Money’s General Manager, Mortgages and Commercial Lending, Barry Saoud says Pepper Money has "built a great brand that our Kiwi customers and advisers trust, with a relentless focus of quick turnarounds and very high-quality products and exceptional service.”

Current National Sales Manager in New Zealand, Michelle Sargeant will relocate to the Australian market following a successful four years based in Auckland.  

He says she has played an instrumental role in establishing the New Zealand operations and will return to the Australian market to take up the role of Head of Sales Operations.

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