David Thomson

Head of Automation for Institutional Division ANZ

David Thomson joined ANZ in 2013 and is the Head of Automation for the Bank’s Institutional Banking business. With more than 25 years’ experience in Asia and Australia, David is a strong operation professionally skilled in market operations and middle office, wholesale banking and operational risk.

In his role at ANZ, David leads the strategic automation agenda for the international business comprising more than 20 countries to generate value for customers and improve the employee experience. He is responsible for building and progressing the automation capability to help create a culture of innovation where he provides a strategic view on adoption of new technologies and opportunities in the international operations space.

Prior to joining ANZ in 2013, David worked for Standard Chartered, UBS and Deutsche Bank primarily in global leadership positions within the Global Markets support areas of Middle Office and Operations. He has worked in Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore, and has extensive experience in setting up and managing operational units globally, including the principal financial centres of London, Singapore and New York and ‘hub operations locations’ in India, China, Philippines and Central-Western Africa.

Academically accomplished with a Said Business School executive program at the University of Oxford, a MBA diploma from the Australian Graduate School of Management (University of New South Wales) and a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Politics and Chinese (Macquarie University), David also possesses an in-depth appreciation of the cultural nuances of working with a multi-national operations group.

David lives in Singapore with his family and a board member of DDRS, edits a magazine and is a past President of the Vintage Car Register in Malaysia and Singapore.

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