Member-owned wellbeing company Australian Unity announced today the
appointment of Kieren Perkins OAM as CEO and EGM of its retail banking business.
Mr Perkins joins Australian Unity Bank on 1 July this year following 12 years at NAB
where he was Queensland State General Manager for NAB Private, led the client
experience team for its private bank, and most recently managed the national call
Prior to entering a career in banking, Mr Perkins worked in consultancy. However, he
is best known publicly as one of Australia’s all-time great swimmers. He won
successive Olympic gold medals in the 1990s and in recognition of his achievements
received the Medal of the Order of Australia, was 1992 Young Australian of the Year
and was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2002.
Announcing his appointment, Australian Unity’s CEO Retail Christine Yates said that
Mr Perkin’s combination of leadership, customer management, customer experience
and operational delivery would support Australian Unity Bank as it worked to deliver
its Banking that’s good for you growth agenda.
“Having worked with Kieren at NAB, I was impressed with his commitment to
customers and his team and his passion for the important role banking plays in
society,” Ms Yates said.
On joining Australian Unity, Mr Perkins said: “As a proud Australian I have always
felt the need to give back to the community that supported me to perform on the
“As I looked to make the next step in my career, the opportunity to use my experience
in banking in a community focused organisation made Australian Unity a very