Leading an Asian Financial Services Business whilst being stranded in Australia (an online event)

Oct 6, 2021, 2:00 – 3:45 AM

The pandemic has presented remote working challenges that are unique to all of us. In this virtual event we chat with the CEO of an emerging Asian based Bank who has had to lead a large and complex financial services business from Melbourne. Navigating a 4 hour time difference is perhaps the easiest challenge, I'm sure this successful CEO has many other experiences and insights to share.

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About this event

The Culture First Community is a group of leaders, practitioners, and change agents committed to amplifying what people are capable of being and achieving at work.

Culture First Chapters are local groups where professionals share insights and ideas for a better world of work. Each chapter unites a local community via virtual or in-person meetings with the larger global community. Our conversations centre on creating safe spaces for people to connect, look at challenging issues, learn together and ultimately support each other in taking action to improve the world of work.

Join hosts Pip Jankowski and Greg Collier as they discuss the challenges of leading a business remotely with guest Dean Cleland - The CEO of Yoma Bank. Pip Jankowski will then share her experience of working remotely in the region.

Guest Bio: Dean Cleland

Dean is currently Chief Executive Officer, Yoma Bank, a business with 3200 Employees, 87 Branches, Assets ~2Bn, Liabilities ~USD3Bn, Revenue ~USD130m. The Bank is focused in the Commercial / Business and Retail customer segments and has faced significant recent crises including COVID, Political, Banking and Credit . Dean is currently stranded in Australia and leading the Bank virtually since November last year. 

Dean has an extensive Financial Services background living and working in 8 countries including 4 years as Executive General Manager, Transformation for NAB’s Australian Business. He is known for his strong banking, operations, digital and organisation transformation skills leveraging these capabilities to nuture, grow and transform organisations and their people beyond what they believe is possible. He is married to Kirsten, has 3 boys and is a keen cyclist / sailor and an All Black supporter.

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Wednesday, October 6, 2021
2:00 AM – 3:45 AM UTC


2:00 AMWelcome & Context
2:00 AMDean Cleland
2:10 AMQ & A
2:50 AMBreakout discussions
3:05 AMPip Jankowski
3:25 AMBreakout discussions
3:40 AMWrap
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  • Dean Cleland

    Yoma Bank



  • Greg Collier

    Innovation Progression

    Culture Specialist & Consultant

  • Pip Jankowski

    Leisure Networks

    Executive Director - People, Culture & Capability


  • Greg Collier

    Innovation Progression

    Chapter Lead

  • Pip Jankowskii

    PIP Consulting

    Chapter Lead

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