We are committed to being the best bank for our shareholders and our customers.

We’re a subsidiary of the National Australia Bank (NAB) Group of companies and we’re run by an executive team and governed locally, by a fully empowered board of directors.

Meet the executive team

The executive team lead and direct our departments and staff to achieve the overall goals of our organisation.

Dan Huggins

Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Dan Huggins was appointed as Chief Executive Officer in October 2021. Prior to that he was BNZ’s Executive, Customer, Products & Services from March 2020, having returned home to New Zealand after 13 years overseas.

Dan has 20 years of experience across a range of industries, including Banking, Retail, and Manufacturing. Prior to BNZ, Dan was at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA), in Sydney, where, most recently, he held the role of Executive General Manager of Home Buying and was accountable for CBA’s home lending portfolio. Dan has also held roles at McKinsey & Company, Fonterra and ASB.

He holds an MBA, with distinction, from The Kellogg School of Management, and a Masters of Engineering Management from The McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, at Northwestern University in the USA. He also holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) with a major in Accounting and Finance, from the University of Auckland.

Dan was born in New Plymouth and grew up in Taranaki.  He is married with two children.

Paul Carter

Executive, Chief Customer Officer – Partnership Banking 

Paul is our Chief Customer Officer, Partnership Banking. In this role he oversees the bank’s retail branches, contact centres, Partners, SME, Private Bank and broker businesses.

Paul started with the Bank of New Zealand in February 2017 as Director, Retail and Marketing, after spending the previous 15 years in senior leadership roles in financial services in Australia and the US. Prior to joining BNZ, Paul was Executive General Manager, Wealth Products at NAB, where he was responsible for Australia’s largest retail superannuation fund as well as NAB’s Asset Management Division. Paul started with NAB in 2008 as the Managing Director of Plum Financial Services and was a board member on Australia’s Financial Services Council (FSC).

Prior to his time at NAB, Paul held senior roles at Citigroup Smith Barney in New York, and Boston Consulting Group, both in Melbourne and New York.

Paul has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne.

Penny Ford

Executive, Chief Customer Officer – Corporate & Institutional Banking

Penny is our Chief Customer Officer for Corporate & Institutional Banking. In this role Penny is responsible for leading the Corporate and Institutional business supporting customers across a range of industries including infrastructure, government, financial institutions, agriculture and property.   

Penny re-joined the Bank of New Zealand in March 2019, having started her banking career at BNZ 19 years ago in Financial Markets. Following her start at BNZ, Penny held a variety of banking roles across Financial Markets in sales and structuring and most recently as General Manager Auckland Northland in the Commercial and Agri business at ANZ. Additionally Penny held governance roles on the ANZ Investments and UDC Finance boards. While the majority of Penny’s time has been in NZ business, she has also spent time in Australia and Asia in Financial markets roles. 

Penny holds a Chemical and Process Engineering degree from the University of Canterbury and Masters in Applied Finance from Victoria University of Wellington. Additionally Penny has attended executive education at both Columbia Business School and MIT- Sloan School of Management. Penny is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

Peter MacGillivray

Executive, Chief Financial Officer

Peter MacGillivray was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) in March 2018. Prior to the appointment he held the role of Chief Operating Officer - Finance.

Peter has extensive local and international banking experience starting his career at BNZ as a graduate in 1996 and holding a variety of roles at the bank, including several senior leadership positions in Finance.
Peter’s experience includes working in the Strategic Management function of HSBC, based in London. He focused on building a strategic planning model for HSBC to optimise the company’s portfolio of businesses.

From 2009 Peter spent four years with NAB, based in Melbourne, as the Head of Business Intelligence. In this role he was responsible for leading the reporting and analytics function for NAB. Peter re-joined BNZ in December 2013, as COO – Finance.

Peter studied at Auckland University graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce and is a member of the CPA.

Brigid Gibson

Executive, Chief People Officer

Brigid is an experienced global executive with a passion for the future of financial inclusion and harnessing an organisation’s ability to drive positive social impact. She is well known in banking circles having been the Managing Executive for the International Financial Services (IFS) division of Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA). In this role, Brigid oversaw the end to end operations for IFS businesses in China, Vietnam, Japan, and Hong Kong with governance oversight to Indonesia and the divestment of the South African business.

She was instrumental in the acquisition and growth of the South African start-up business, TymeDigital, which was acquired by CBA in 2015 and launched as the first fully digital bank in South Africa in November 2018.

Brigid has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from Sydney University and a Masters in International Relations from Macquarie University.

Sam Perkins

Executive, Chief Risk Officer

Sam Perkins joined BNZ as Chief Risk Officer, in July 2018 and leads a team of risk specialists providing BNZ with world-class risk leadership, oversight, analysis and insight.

Before joining BNZ, Sam was Global Head - Operational Risk and Compliance, Institutional Banking, at ANZ.   Here he lead the Compliance and Operational Risk management function overseeing risks arising across the institutional business.  Prior to this he had spent 3 years as the Head of Wholesale Credit in ANZ New Zealand.

He started his financial career at ASB as a customer service consultant, before moving on to roles with American Express, and Standard Bank Group in London, Moscow and Johannesburg, amassing two decades of global experience in a range of credit, compliance and risk roles.

Sam has a real focus on people leadership, customer and banker experience and challenging the status quo to continuously improve business outcomes and is known for collaboration, knowledge-sharing and supporting people to be their best.

Hayley Cassidy

Executive, Chief General Counsel

Hayley joined BNZ in March 2019 as Chief General Counsel, and was appointed to the Executive Team in February 2021. In her role, she leads the bank’s legal services, privacy, and data ethics teams to keep the bank safe and ensure customers can trust the use of their data.

Previously Hayley was a member of the leadership team at Nikko Asset Management, a globally integrated asset management company with around $5 billion under management in New Zealand (US$250 billion worldwide). Hayley has also operated as a governance and compliance consultant, and for a number of years was a Crown prosecutor, appearing in court for a range of entities including government departments, and providing advice on litigation and strategy.

Hayley holds qualifications in law and international chartered secretariat (governance), and has completed immersive study in authentic leadership at Harvard Business School. Hayley is proudly from the Far North and has two children.

Russell Jones

Executive, Technology & Operations 

Russell Jones arrived at BNZ in August 2018, to lead the newly joined up functions of Technology & Operations.

He came to BNZ from ASB, where he was the Executive General Manager for Retail Banking, and before that, Executive General Manager of Technology & Innovation there. His previous career experience includes time in South Africa, London and the USA, as well as time in Auckland at Carter Holt Harvey, in information technology related roles.

Russell won New Zealand Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Year in 2011 and was #1 in the CIO 100 in 2017, further demonstrating his significant achievements in driving growth, digital sales and customer engagement metrics.

Dean Schmidt

Executive, Commercial Services & Responsible Business

Dean Schmidt joined BNZ in July 2018 from Genesis Energy where he was the Executive General Manager of Corporate Affairs and Transformation. Dean has also held executive roles with Television New Zealand, and senior roles with Telecom (now Spark) and the New Zealand Post Group, in Corporate Affairs, Government Relations and Community Relations. He has also held advisory roles in both Hon Helen Clark and Hon Tony Ryall’s Parliamentary Offices.