Gail Kelly Biography
Gail Kelly was born on 25th April 1956 in Pretoria, South Africa. She is an entrepreneur and the former chief executive officer of Westpac.
Gail Kelly Education Background
She attended the University of Cape Town where she undertook an arts degree majoring in history and Latin.
She has a Diploma in Education from the University of Cape Town.
Gail Kelly Career
In 1980 she worked at the Nedcor Bank as a teller. In 1990 she became the head of human resources at Nedcor.rom early 1992 to 1997 she held various other general manager positions at Nedcor, including cards and personal banking.
In June 1997 she flew to Sydney and was appointed to a senior position at the Commonwealth Bank in July 1997.
In October 1997 she became the General Manager of Strategic Marketing in the Commonwealth Bank. By 2002, she was head of the Customer Service Division responsible for running the Commonwealth Bank’s extensive branch network.
In January 2000 she became the CEO of St. George Bank, she increased the bank’s profitability and achieved much higher levels on return on assets. In November 2004, St. George Bank gave Kelly a pay rise and extended her contract indefinitely with the capitalisation of the bank having risen by $3 billion since the start of her term as CEO.In 2007 she resigned as the CEO of St. George Bank.
On 1st February 2008 she became the CEO of Westpac.In October 2010, Kelly announced a target to have women occupy 40% of the top 4000 managerial positions at Westpac, a task reported by The Australian newspaper to have been almost achieved by March 2012. She retired as the CEO on 1st February 2015.
Gail Kelly Awards
In 2003 and 2004 she was awarded Best Financial Services Executive award by the Australian Banking & Finance magazine.
Gail Kelly Book
- Live Lead Learn: My Stories of Life and Leadership ,the book details Gail’s experiences of being a high-profile businesswoman and a mother of four.
Gail Kelly Family
In 1977 she married Allan Kelly in December 1977. They have four children Sharon, Sean, Mark and Anne Kelly.