John Nesbitt – Former Chief Executive Officer – Suncorp Banking & Wealth

John NesbittJohn Nesbitt, Former Chief Executive Officer of Suncorp Banking & Wealth, talks business and career, his country roots, and how curiosity is the key to successful leadership.

Sitting down with John on a Monday morning was a great way to start a new week. The insight John shared into his career was fascinating and his passionate approach to new challenges and opportunities was inspiring.

John grew up amid a fourth-generation family business in Inverell in country NSW, he began his career as an accountant at a local firm, managing accounting and tax returns for local farmers. It’s quite fitting he joined The Suncorp Group  in 2010, given Suncorp’s beginnings are rooted in the agri space, and one of its primary focus continues to be serving the unique needs of the agri-industry.

John’s skills and expertise are in the financial and wealth industry.  He left Inverell in his early twenties for Sydney, where he spent five years at PricewaterhouseCoopers  both in Australia and the UK.

He has previously held senior finance and business positions at Perpetual  and 12 years in various roles at Lend Lease Group  in Australia and the USA. He has also worked for MLC Limited.

He has a Bachelor of Financial Administration from the University of New England and is a member of a number of professional associations including the Australian Society of Chartered Practicing Accountants, Fellow and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, Fellow. John is also an Executive Advisor for QUT Executive MBA Business Leadership Practicum and is a part of the QUT Business School Executive Dean’s CEO Strategy Group. John was at the helm of the Suncorp Bank when it was awarded Money magazine’s Bank of the Year in 2015.



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