Westpac appoints former CBA core banking guru as new CIO

Westpac has appointed former CBA Core Banking Modernisation executive general manager Dave Curran as its new CIO, effective September.

Just weeks after interim CIO Paul Spiteri lodged his resignation, Westpac Group has named Dave Curran, former Commonwealth Bank Australia (CBA) Core Banking Modernisation executive general manager, as its new CIO.

Curran, who will take on his new role from 8 September, has been working with the company since February this year, the same month retail giant Woolworths confirmed it had hired Westpac Group's former CIO, Clive Whincup.

Since then, Curran had been working as a consultant on Westpac Group's banking technology modernisation program.

In his new role, he will report to the company's chief operating officer, John Arthur, and also sit on the Westpac Group executive team.

"Over recent months, we have been working hard to develop the next phase of our technology strategy, which is fundamental to the business achieving its broader strategy," said Arthur. "This is why we are now elevating the CIO role to the executive team level. Dave has been working with us since February in helping to define this path, and he is ideally placed to lead the next phase of technology transformation at Westpac.

"We have already achieved substantial progress in our technology program, following completion of the first phase of our Strategic Investment Priorities program late last year," he said.

Prior to joining Westpac in February, Curran spent a decade in senior technology roles at CBA. Most recently, he was executive managing director of Core Banking Modernisation, a role which saw him manage a workforce of 1,400 people over five years, transforming the bank's core technology platform.

"I am delighted that Dave is joining the group executive team in this critical role," said Westpac Group CEO, Gail Kelly. "He is a highly regarded IT and financial services professional with almost 30 years' experience and has a proven track record in the implementation of large, complex projects.

"Dave has significant experience in bringing together both business and technology viewpoints to deliver innovative, customer-focused digital solutions," she said.

While at CBA, Curran was also CIO/COO for the organisation's retail banking division and acted as group CIO. Before working for CBA, he was a partner at Accenture.

Curran's appointment comes only weeks after Westpac's interim chief information and technology officer Paul Spiteri made the move to resign from the company, effective from October, the month after Curran is set to start in his new role.

According to a Westpac spokesperson, Spiteri has chosen to leave the company to pursue other opportunities in the market.

"He elected to resign in early July. We understand that he's ready for a new challenge and wants be out in the market to start looking for other opportunities," the spokesperson told ZDNet.