Home' InDaily : September 10th 2010 Contents Her grandfather ran a car yard
in Hawker and she has fond
memories of the freedom
of a Port Augusta back yard -- but
from October 1, Jane Kittel is the
managing director of BankSA.
It s been a journey that Jane
says would have "been beyond my
wildest dreams", but it s a journey
defined by hard work, study and
a commitment to the people she
The Westpac group announced
Jane s appointment on Tuesday, the
same day Julia Gillard became the
first elected female Prime Minister.
Crashing barriers and glass ceil-
ings is, however, a long way from
Ms Kittel s mind, having already
carved out some gender firsts in her
position as Westpac Bank s general
manager Pacific Banking.
"It makes you feel very privileged
to have the opportunity," she said.
"When I was in the Pacific I was
also the first female to run the
Pacific Bank for Westpac in more
than 100 years and it wasn t until I
was sitting next to one of our team
leaders in the Solomon Islands that
it hit home.
"She asked me if she could shake
my hand and congratulate me and I
said what for? .
"When she said it was because
I was the first woman to run the
Pacific Bank it really brought it
role model for women, but also in
the business of banking -- not just
about being a female, but about
what you can do if you want to."
Jane s early career began at
AMP in a clerical position and after
moving to Adelaide she combined
work with part-time study at Uni SA.
"When I started out I just wanted
to get a good job and work with
good people. The people side of it
was very important," Ms Kittel
After moving to Melbourne
she completed her first degree
(Bachelor of Management in
employee relations) at Deakin
University and later added a
Bachelor of Teaching from UTS in
Current general manager at
BankSA, Rob Chapman, is moving
to the position of managing
director at St George Bank. He paid
tribute to Jane Kittel s skills.
"She comes to this job not only
with a good record in banking, but
a high reputation for her people
skills," Mr Chapman said.
"We are very fortunate to have
her and for her to be back here in
Ms Kittel s background includes
extensive experience across a broad
range of areas in financial services
and banking. She has been employed
by the Westpac Group for 15 years
and for four-and-a-half years at
Westpac s Pacific Banking opera-
tions she led a team of 1200 staff
across seven different countries
comprising Fiji, Papua New Guinea,
Samoa, Tonga, Solomon Islands,
Vanuatu and the Cook Islands.
"She has overseen a full
commercial and retail banking
operation with 53 bank branches
operating in eight different time
zones and under seven different
governments, and has managed
the business through some difficult
circumstances which have included
political unrest and extreme
weather events," Westpac CEO Gail
Kelly said this week.
Rob Chapman said Jane
Kittel s experiences and her local
background make a good fit for the
challenges ahead at BankSA.
"Jane has been an excellent
performer in the tough job of
running Westpac s Pacific Banking
operations and is also a born
and bred South Australian who
has a deep understanding of the
local market and the power of the
BankSA brand, he said.
"I ve known Jane personally
for many years and watched
her develop into one of the most
talented executives I ve seen .
The Pacific Banking division in
the 2009 financial year produced
cash earnings of $102 million, up 10
Back in Hawker, the Kittel
family and her mother s family,
the Teagues, would be cock-a-hoop
at Jane s success, especially at an
iconic institution such as BankSA.
With multi-generational involve-
ment with BHP at Whyalla and Iron
Knob and a strong presence in the
State s tourism industry, it s another
chapter for a family entwined with
the state s development.
They still have the car yard in
Hawker and now they ve got the ear
of the local bank.
Outgoing BankSA managing director Rob Chapman hands over to Jane Kittel who will take over his role.
Photo: Kate Elmes
Kittel lands dream role
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