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Damien Walsh

CEO & Managing Director
Bank Australia

With 28 years of customer owned banking experience in a range of executive management roles, Damien was appointed CEO and Managing Director of Bank Australia on 1 September 2011 – the same day it became Australia’s first customer owned bank.

Prior to this appointment, Damien served as General Manager of Corporate Services for eight years, also holding the position of Company Secretary.

Under Damien’s leadership, the bank has been recognised nationally and internationally as one of Australia’s most successful customer owned responsible banks. Damien has combined leading economic performance with a strong commitment to sustainable development, the creation of customer value and development of a highly engaged corporate culture.

Damien champions a more responsible approach to banking and strong stewardship of the bank’s wealth. Through his efforts, the bank has developed a reputation for leadership in sustainability and community investment more recently, in integrated reporting.

The bank has a strong track record in the areas of corporate ethics, innovation, developing effective partnerships with civil society and government and investing its customers’ funds in ways that contribute to more resilient communities and a healthy environment.

Damien is a Fellow of CPA Australia, a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Business Degree and a Masters in Business Administration. He was awarded the 2014 Richard Pratt CEO Banksia Award for his contribution and commitment to sustainability.

Prior to joining the bank, Damien gained financial services experience in the Enterprise, Esso Employees, Outlook and Members Australia Credit Unions.

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