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Westpac Welcomes New General Manager

It was a double celebration for staff and management of the Westpac Bank in Suva this week at Thomson Street. They welcomed the new general manager Brett Hooker, paid tribute
18 Feb 2016 12:43
Westpac Welcomes New General Manager
From left: New General Manager Brett Hooker, Governor for Westpac Berry Whiteside and old General Manager Adrian Hughes. Photo: Jessica Gounder

It was a double celebration for staff and management of the Westpac Bank in Suva this week at Thomson Street.

They welcomed the new general manager Brett Hooker, paid tribute to their outgoing general manager Adrian Hughes and marked the Chinese New Year of the Fire Monkey.

Henry Kan, treasurer for Westpac House and host, acknowledged the bank for marking the Chinese New Year for the fourth year consecutively.

“We hope to continue this in many more years to come,” he said.

In welcoming Mr Hooker and biding goodbye Mr Hughes the Chinese Youth Association members honoured them with a lion dance presentation.

Mr Hooker was the regional general manager for the Pacific Island nations except Fiji and Papua New Guinea.

He was also the general manager for Cook Islands and joined Westpac in 2010.

In acknowledging the Chinese New Year Mr Hooker said: “On this joyous occasion I would like to acknowledge our Chinese community and customers who since the 1850’s has played a crucial role in the economy.

“Also in developing of the Fiji Nation and as more Chinese settle over the years they invested in farming, retail property, agriculture and things alike.”

As far as the bank’s relationship with the Pacific islands Mr Hooker said: “I think the Pacific Islands have got a very close tie with us in Australia and Westpac has been involved in the Pacific for a very long time.

“Westpac have been here in Fiji for 115 years, so with our business a lot of our customers in Australia has natural links with the Pacific Islands through distribution and business.”

For Westpac customers here in Fiji they can look forward to more digital transformations on bank issues and queries.

 

Edited by: NAISA KOROI

Feedback:  jessica.gounder@fijisun.com.fj

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