Westpac Banking Corporation (ASX: WBC) appoints Michael Cole as Head of Talent Acquisition

We are delighted to have partnered with the Westpac Banking Corporation on the appointment of Michael Cole as Head of Talent Acquisition.

Westpac is Australia’s first bank and oldest company, one of four major banking organisations in Australia and one of the largest banks in New Zealand. The Group provides a broad range of consumer, business and institutional banking and wealth management services through a portfolio of financial services brands and businesses. Following an extensive executive search undertaken by Johnson Partners, Michael has been selected to lead Westpac’s Talent Acquisition strategy and delivery.

Michael is an experienced talent acquisition leader with extensive experience driving recruitment solutions across Europe and Asia while leading large teams. Most recently, he was the Asia Pacific Head of Talent Acquisition at Credit Suisse, where he was responsible for managing the delivery of all experienced talent acquisition services into the Asia Pacific business.

Prior to this, Michael was the Chief Operating Officer (COO), EMEA Human Resources at Credit Suisse in London, where he led the business management for HR across 27 countries – 17 with local HR operations – as COO to the Head of HR.

Before this, Michael was the UK Talent Acquisition Lead and Global RPO Governance Lead for Credit Suisse, based in London, where he was brought in to cover a maternity leave, leading the TA for UK corporate functions via a RPO, overseeing 37 FTE. Michael also has prior HR and RPO experience with Hays and JP Morgan; beginning his career in hospitality and hotel management.

Thank you to Johnson Partners’ Account Team: Jason Johnson, Alex Jervis and Georgia Bell, for carrying out this executive search.

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