Westpac New Zealand announced the appointment of Dirk McLiesh to the role of chief risk officer, effective Aug. 15.

McLiesh will fill the role vacated by Carolyn Kidd, who departed May 27 after more than six years with the bank.

He brings more than 25 years of banking experience and has previously held senior risk roles with Westpac Group in Australia from 2007-17.

More recently, McLiesh held the position of general manager of controls and assurance for customers, products, and services at BNZ.