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ANZ appoints general manager for human resources

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group has announced the appointment of Susie Babani as group general manager for human resources, reporting to ANZ's CEO, Mike Smith.

Ms Babani joins Australia and New Zealand Banking (ANZ) from HSBC in London where she was global head of human resources with HSBC Insurance.

Ms Babani joins ANZ following Shane Freeman’s appointment as managing director, operations technology and shared services India, where he will lead the continued strategic development of ANZ’s technology and operations facility in Bangalore. Mr Freeman will report to David Cartwright, group managing director for operations technology and shared services.

Fred Bertram, managing director of operations technology and shared services India has been appointed as COO ING Australia, ANZ’s wealth management joint venture with ING Group. The changes will be effective from early 2008.

Mr Smith said: Susie has extensive international experience in leading the human resources function. She is ideally placed to build on the strengths ANZ has developed in people and culture, and to support the business as we sharpen our focus on performance and growth in Australia, New Zealand and Asia.

Shane leaves the human resources function after six years, having established ANZ as a preferred employer with a distinctive culture. Our technology and operations centre in Bangalore is now a strategic asset, with almost 2,000 people supporting ANZ’s business. His appointment reflects the importance I am attaching to developing Bangalore and leveraging it as a source of competitive advantage.