No Thursby replacement yet at ANZ

Lender reportedly struggling to fill role, expects appointment later this year.

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd (ANZ) has delayed naming a replacement head of international and institutional banking, as the search for someone to fill the void left by Alex Thursby hits a roadblock, Fairfax Media reports.

According to the newspaper, the lender is still considering contenders for the role, with the likes of Citibank's head of global family office group Catherine Weir already considered and looked over.

Mr Thursby, the driving force behind much of ANZ's Asian strategy, left his role in April to lead the  National Bank of Abu Dhabi.

"We have looked at many potential candidates in recent months as part of the search process internally, in Australia and globally," an ANZ spokesman said, according to Fairfax.

The lender said it expects to make an announcemnt later this year, with Gilles Plante and Steve Bellotti continuing to head the division in the interim.