Former Labor premier becomes bank lobbyist

The Australian Bankers’ Association has appointed former Queensland premier Anna Bligh as its next chief executive officer. 

In a statement released this morning, ABA chair and NAB CEO Andrew Thorburn announced the new appointment, saying Ms Bligh will be concerned with raising “respect for [the banking] profession” and shaping how the lobby group “responds and leads on regulatory reform”.

“Anna’s focus will firmly be on the culture within banking and lifting respect for our profession; creating a strong vision for customers and on how our industry responds and leads on regulatory reform,” Mr Thorburn said.

“As I’ve met with Anna I’ve seen the leadership, values and accountability she will bring to the role – and a willingness to confront and challenge the industry to continually improve.

“Anna has a track record of community service and a strong ability to connect with people. She is highly regarded and respected by community, political and business leaders, and understands the need for all stakeholders to work together to deliver the best outcome for customers.”

Ms Bligh held the finance and education portfolios as a minister in Queensland, before becoming state treasurer, deputy premier and premier.

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