THE DISTILLERY: Testing Westpac

Scribes unpick Brian Hartzer's defence of a Westpac technology lag, and one suggests his accession to chief executive may come later rather than sooner.

Westpac Banking Corp Australian financial service boss Brian Hartzer has sought to deflate the focus on technology being driven by rivals Commonwealth Bank and National Australia Bank. A handful of Australian business scribes put the argument to the test, which is an important argument for Westpac given Hartzer’s status as heir-apparent to chief executive Gail Kelly – although she doesn’t appear to be going anywhere anytime soon.


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