New Heritage COO Kevin Potter.
New Heritage COO Kevin Potter.

Heritage picks former Suncorp, NAB exec for top job

HERITAGE Bank has appointed an experienced banker to one of its top positions.

Former Suncorp Group executive general manager Kevin Potter was revealed as the Toowoomba-based bank's new chief operating officer today.

Heritage CEO Peter Lock said Mr Potter brought more than two decades of experience to the role.

"Kevin's banking career has featured management roles in areas including sales and distribution, product and pricing, risk management and credit operations," Mr Lock said.

"He brings an outstanding track record of achievement and deep knowledge of the banking sector, which make him an ideal candidate for COO.

"We're delighted to welcome him on board."

Mr Potter, who moved to Toowoomba with his wife Helen for the role, said he was honoured to join Heritage.

"It's a fantastic time to be joining Heritage, given the recent record half-year performance and the transformation focus of the bank," he said.

"I look forward to working with the rest of the senior executive team as we revamp branches, increase digital capabilities and further improve Heritage's already strong level of customer service.

"Heritage's regional location, community commitment, people values and focus on customers were a major attraction for me.

"My wife and I look forward to getting out and meeting staff, customers and the wider community."

The news is the third major recruitment in as many months, after Darren Stephens and Wayne Marchant were appointed chief people officer and chief information officer respectively in December.

Heritage posted a half-yearly profit of nearly $30 million during 2016/17.


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