The National – ANZ PNG chief executive officer Mark Baker says the visibility for female employees in the banking industry is important for them to advance in their profession.
ANZ celebrated this year’s International Women’s Day yesterday with the theme “Make it happen”. Baker said as a global bank, ANZ recognised the importance of diversity and encouraged effective action for advancing and recognising women.
“Visibility is something that’s being flagged within ANZ,” he said. “By helping them they become visible they will hopefully inspire others around the communities. “We are making progress in developing women to take up managerial roles with the bank.
“ANZ has got five very senior women who have been with the bank for more than 10 and fifteen years of professional experience.
“At ANZ PNG, the bank has 11officers in the executive management team; five out of them are women.
“Of those five, two of them are Papua New Guineans and others from Australia, Fiji and Samoa. “At the branch level, 12 out of the 15 ANZ branches are managed by women.
“Forty-five per cent of our managers are women and we want to bring it up to 50 per cent. “It’s all about diversity of opinion, background and voice and that’s how businesses make better decisions by having diverse views.
“I feel comfortable having experienced professionals, diverse views and where they come from.
“You will always be good if you have a good team behind you.”
– The National