Commonwealth Bank appointment

1 June 2006

The Commonwealth Bank today announced the appointment of Ms Barbara Chapman to the newly created position of Group Executive, Marketing and Communication.

Ralph Norris, the Bank’s Chief Executive Officer, said, "I am extremely pleased to have Barbara joining my Executive team in Australia. She brings extensive experience from a range of senior leadership roles in customer service, human resources, marketing and communication within the banking and finance industry".

In this new role, Barbara’s background and track record of success will be invaluable in more closely aligning the marketing and communication functions in support of the Bank’s overall strategy. Barbara will report to the CEO and be a member of the Bank’s Executive Committee.

Her most recent position is Managing Director of Sovereign Limited, the ASB Insurance business in New Zealand.

Barbara will commence duties in her new role in July 2006.



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