Brian Hartzer

Senior Advisor at Sayers

Fireside chat

Brian Hartzer is an experienced executive, leadership mentor and investor who served as CEO of the Westpac Banking Group from 2015 to 2019.

He is currently a senior advisor at Sayers Group, (a Melbourne-based investment advisory and management consulting firm) and at Quantium (a Sydney-based data science company). Brian is also an angel investor and mentor to numerous startups.

Prior to his time as Westpac’s CEO, Brian spent 15 years in senior executive roles at major banks in Australia and the UK. These roles included CEO at Westpac and divisional chief executive roles at the Royal Bank of Scotland Group and ANZ Banking Group.

He has also served as Chairman of the Australian Banking Association and of the Retail Banking Committee of the British Bankers Associations.
Prior to joining ANZ, Brian spent ten years as a financial services strategy consultant at First Manhattan Consulting Group in New York, Melbourne and San Francisco.
Brian serves as Chairman of the Australian Museum Foundation Trust as well as a Trustee of the Australian Museum.

He has previously served as Chairman of Save the Children Australia, Director of the Financial Markets Foundation for Children and Chair of the Business Advisory Committee of the Australian National University.

Key takeaways

  1. What a leader can do to drive a highly engaged team
  2. How the five-point framework lifts engagement and improves performance
  3. A good leader manages, but a great leader builds culture
  4. Brian shares his personal leadership journey and lessons learnt from more than 30 years in banking.