A.N.Z. yesterday announced the appointment of Bernie Poort as Country Head A.N.Z. Samoa, reporting to A.N.Z. Regional Executive Pacific, Tessa Price.
Mr. Poort transitions into the role of Country Head ANZ Samoa this month from his role as C.E.O A.N.Z. Tonga following a successful two-year term based in Nuku’alofa.
Mr. Poort replaces Mathew Fisher who will be retiring from the bank at the end of the year after 33 years of service to A.N.Z., and four years in the role of C.E.O A.N.Z. Samoa.
“Mr Poort is no stranger to Samoa, where he spent four years as a Head of Commercial Banking before moving to Tonga,” said A.N.Z. Regional Executive Pacific, Tessa Price.
“He brings with him extensive banking expertise and understanding of business in the Pacific, and I’m thrilled to have him on board.”
Ms Price thanked Mr. Fisher for his service to A.N.Z. highlighting his solid leadership of a highly engaged team at A.N.Z. Samoa and commending his commitment to succession planning and building local talent at the bank.
“Under Mr Fisher’s leadership we’ve seen some great leadership talent emerge, including Joanne Rasmussen who is now our Country Head A.N.Z. American Samoa and first Samoan woman in this senior role, and also Mr Poort, who is now his successor,” Ms. Price said.
Mr Fisher said: “Working at A.N.Z. Samoa – interacting with staff and customers – has been the pinnacle of my career, and I’m truly thankful to have spent four years of my life in beautiful Samoa.”
Mr Poort is replaced in Tonga by Mr. Manoa Kamikamica as Country Head A.N.Z. Tonga.