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Rabobank Australia Limited - Directors

  • Rabobank Director William GurryWilliam Gurry, AO (Chairman)

    Mr Gurry joined the Board on 18 March 2005 and has been its Chairman since 31 March 2009. He holds a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Melbourne. Mr Gurry was formerly Executive Chairman of UBS in Australia and Chief Executive Officer of Potter Warburg. He also served as Managing Director of National Mutual Royal Bank and Capel Court Corporation. Mr Gurry is a member of a number of other Boards including the Melbourne University Law School Foundation, Financial Markets Foundation for Children, Rabobank New Zealand Limited, Rabo Australia Limited (Chairman) and Bristen Pty Limited (Chairman). He is Chairman of the Board Remuneration Committee and a member of the Board Audit Committee and the Board Risk & Compliance Committee.

  • Geerten BattjesGeerten Battjes

    Mr Geerten Battjes joined the Board on 28 May 2015. He holds an honours degree in Econometrics from the State University of Groningen in the Netherlands. Mr Battjes joined Rabobank in 2009 and was responsible for the risk management function within Rabobank's international operations. He is now Rabobank's Chief Risk Officer, Wholesale, Rural and Retail. Mr Battjes' other directorships include Rabobank New Zealand Limited and Rabo Australia Limited. He is a member of the Board Audit Committee, the Board Risk and Compliance Committee and the Board Remuneration Committee.

  • Rabobank Director Anne BrennanAnne Brennan

    Ms Brennan joined the Board on 28 November 2011. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University College Galway and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
    Ms Brennan also serves as a non-executive director on the Boards of Myer Holdings Limited, Charter Hall Group, Nufarm Limited, Argo Investments Limited, Rabobank New Zealand Limited and Rabo Australia Limited. Her former executive roles included Chief Financial Officer of CSR and Finance Director of the Coates Group. Previously, in a 25 year career in professional services, she was a partner in three leading firms – KPMG, Arthur Andersen and Ernst & Young. Ms Brennan is the Chair of the Board Audit Committee and a member of the Board Risk & Compliance Committee and the Board Remuneration Committee.

  • Peter KnoblanchePeter Knoblanche

    Coinciding with his appointment to head up the Rabobank Australia and New Zealand Group, Mr Knoblanche joined the Board on 1 July 2016. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Wollongong University and is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
    Mr Knoblanche is a member of Rabobank’s global Management Team for Wholesale, Rural and Retail Banking and is responsible for the Rabobank Australia and New Zealand Group in his capacity of Regional Managing Director and CEO Rabobank Australia. He has over 30 years’ experience in both wholesale and retail banking, having held positions with various Australian and international banks. Mr Knoblanche joined Rabobank in 1996 and has held several management roles within Rabobank Australia and New Zealand Group. Prior to his current role, Mr Knoblanche was Deputy CEO of Rabobank Australia and the Deputy Managing Director of Rabobank Australia and New Zealand Group and had led Rabobank’s Australian rural banking operations for the past 10 years.
    Mr Knoblanche is also a director of Rabobank New Zealand Limited, Rabo Australia Limited, Graincorp Pools Pty Limited, Rabo Equipment Finance Limited and Soft Commodity Trading Pty Limited.

  • Rabobank director Bernardus MarttinBernardus Marttin

    Mr Marttin joined the Board on 26 November 2010. He has a degree in Master of Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario (Richard Ivey School of Business). Mr Marttin is a member of the Executive Board of Rabobank and Co-Chairman of Rabobank's global Management Team for Wholesale, Rural & Retail banking. Mr Marttin has been with Rabobank since 1990. He has extensive experience as an international banker in both wholesale and retail banking. His other directorships include Rabobank New Zealand Limited, Rabo Australia Limited, Rabobank International Holding BV, De Lage Landen International BV, Obvion BV and Rabohytheekbank NV. Mr Marttin is a member of the Board Audit Committee, the Board Risk & Compliance Committee and the Board Remuneration Committee.

  • Rabobank director John PalmerJohn Palmer, ONZM

    Mr Palmer joined the Board on 30 November 2004. He has a Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree from the University of Canterbury.
    Mr Palmer has extensive experience in both agribusiness and financial services. He previously served as Chairman of each of Air New Zealand Limited, Solid Energy Limited and the New Zealand Kiwifruit Marketing Board (during the formation of Zespri International Limited). His other directorships include AMP Limited, Rabobank New Zealand Limited (Chairman), Rabo Australia Limited and Saxton Fruit Limited. Mr Palmer is a member of the Board Audit Committee, the Board Risk & Compliance Committee and the Board Remuneration Committee.

  • Rabobank director Jan Alexander (Sander) PruijsJan Alexander (Sander) Pruijs

    Mr Pruijs was re-appointed to the Board on 24 May 2016 – having previously served as a director from 26 November 2010 to 27 August 2014. He has a degree in Dutch Business Law from Leiden University. Mr Pruijs joined Rabobank in 2008, after having spent more than 20 years with ABN AMRO in a variety of international management positions. He is a member of Rabobank’s Management Team Wholesale, Rural and Retail responsible for Global Retail Banking. Mr Pruijs is an Executive Chairman of Rabobank National Association (RNA) in California as well as being the Chairman of Rabobank Ireland plc and President Commissioner of the Board of Commissioners of Rabobank Indonesia. He is also a director of Rabobank New Zealand Limited and Rabo Australia Limited. Mr Pruijs is a member of the Board Audit Committee, Board Risk & Compliance Committee and the Board Remuneration Committee.

  • Rabobank director Sir Henry van der HeydenSir Henry van der Heyden, DCNZM

    Sir Henry van der Heyden joined the Board on 23 March 2012. He graduated from Canterbury University with a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours.
    He was a founding director of Fonterra Co-operative Group from the Co-operative's establishment in 2001 and held the role of Chairman from 2002 to 2012. Sir Henry is Chairman of Auckland International Airport Limited, Tainui Group Holdings Limited, Rimu SA Limited and Manuka SA Limited. He is also a Director of Rabobank New Zealand Limited, Rabo Australia Limited, Foodstuffs North Island Limited and Pascaro Investments Limited. Sir Henry is the Chair of the Board Risk & Compliance Committee and a member of the Board Audit Committee and the Board Remuneration Committee. Sir Henry was awarded New Zealand Herald Business Person of the Year in 2007, Chairman of the Year in 2012 and the prestigious Rabobank Leadership Award in 2015.

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