Google Australia boss Maile Carnegie is to depart for a role at ANZ as head of digital, after almost three years in her current role.
Carnegie’s departure was announced this afternoon by ANZ’s Blue Notes website, with president of Google Asia Pacific, Karim Temsamani, to step in until a replacement is found.
Maile will be a member of the bank’s Group Executive Committee and have responsibility for marketing including ANZ’s brand, advertising and sponsorship.
“Maile’s contribution to our Australia and New Zealand business and to the wider Asia Pacific region has been outstanding,” said Temsamani in a statement.
“I’ve loved working with her, as have her teams. Her enthusiasm for transforming the digital community is contagious, and I will really miss working with her.”
Eyres: reporting to Carnegie
In her new role Carnegie will report to ANZ CEO Shayne Elliott with Peter Dalton, general manager of digital solutions and Louise Eyres, group general manager of marketing, reporting into her.
Caroline Bendall remains as head of marketing for the Australian division.
Carnegie is a former Procter & Gamble boss who has led Google over the past few years as it tangled with government over controversial issues such as the amount of tax it paid in Australia.
Google is understood to be looking at internal and external candidates for the role.
It is understood the amount of travel and overseas commitments were a factor in Carnegie’s decision to move to ANZ.
In a video for ANZ, Carnegie said of her move: “I love the idea that I can anchor my career back in Australia, because one of the things I’m really passionate about is working more broadly on what’s going on in innovation in Australia, and the fact that I can stay in Australia working for a great company with a great opportunity like the one I’ve got is really attractive.”
ANZ CEO Elliott saidin a statement: “I am incredibly pleased to have Maile join us. Her experience at Google, her track record in building brands and business in Australia and in Asia, and her leadership skills make her uniquely qualified to lead ANZ’s digital transformation.
In a statement, ANZ said Carnegie will be charged with enhancing the digital experience for the bank’s customers and will also have shared responsibility for the financial results of the bank’s Australian and New Zealand Divisions.