Westpac New Zealand gets a new CIO

Dawie Olivier will join Westpac New Zealand in mid April to take over the permanent position of chief information officer from Jason Millett, who has been acting in the role since March 2014.
Written by Aimee Chanthadavong, Contributor

Westpac New Zealand has appointed Dawie Olivier as its chief information officer.

Olivier will join the bank in mid April, and take over the permanent position from Jason Millett, who has been acting in the role since March 2014.

According to the bank, the CIO position is a newly created position.

"The new CIO will run the bank's technology strategy to meet the evolving demands of our customers," the bank said.

Dawie has held numerous CIO roles, and was most recently responsible for overseeing the technology transformation for South African Standard Bank, based in Johannesburg.

Dawie, whose appointment is subject to approval by the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, will report to CEO David McLean as a member of the executive team, the bank said.

The bank's Australian tech team recently underwent a reshuffle, following the appointment of Brian Hartzer as the group's managing director and chief executive officer. As a result, Robert Wilson was appointed to the role as chief technology officer, and Richard Holmes as general manager of infrastructure and operations.

Westpac New Zealand has been known to be one of a handful of banks that have been leveraging new technologies to enhance its digital product offering. It previously trialled the use of Apple's iBeacons and Google Glass, as well as Host Card Emulation (HCE) technology as part of an initiative to enhance its digital app offering.

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