ANZ today announced it has appointed Ron Spector as Managing Director, New Business, Emerging Technology and Ventures, reporting to Group Executive Digital Banking Maile Carnegie.
Currently based in San Francisco, Mr Spector is a strategic innovation and venture advisor with more than 27 years’ international experience in financial services, retail and media industries.
In his new role, Mr Spector will have responsibility for developing potential new business opportunities and disruptive technologies as well as investing in emerging growth companies to improve the products and services provided to customers.
Commenting on the appointment, Mrs Carnegie said: “Ron will lead a Group-wide function to accelerate our efforts to make our customers’ lives simpler and find new, innovative opportunities to build a world-class digital bank.
“We’re confident this focus will open new markets for ANZ, while also improving the products and services we provide our customers,” Mrs Carnegie said.
Prior to joining ANZ, Mr Spector was CEO of Circini Innovation in San Francisco, CEO of Conferserv Inc, and Senior Vice President of MediaZone. He was also a founding partner of Macquarie Technology Ventures and was US Head of Technology Investment Banking at Macquarie Group.
Mr Spector holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of the Pacific and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of California.
Mr Spector will be based in Sydney from January 2018.