Scotiabank announces senior leadership appointments

Scotiabank has revealed a wave of new senior leadership appointments, following the announcement that four-decade company veteran, Barb Mason, is set to retire at the end of 2023.

Mason’s revelation that she intends to retire from her position as Group Head and Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO), has meant that the organisation will catapult Jenny Poulos into the role this December.

Poulos, who currently works as as Deputy CHRO, is a seasoned HR and financial services leader, with more than 34 years of experience at another large Canadian financial institution, where she was most recently SVP, Talent Services, and has assumed progressively senior roles in Retail and HR.

Scott Thomson, President and CEO for Scotiabank, said: “On behalf of all Scotiabankers, I would like to congratulate Barb on an impressive four-decade career with the Bank and thank her for her invaluable guidance and partnership as an integral part of our Senior Leadership Team.

“Barb has brought her endless passion and energy to leadership roles across Retail, Marketing, Wealth Management, Real Estate, and as our Group Head and CHRO. She has been a devoted champion of the employee and client experience and has shaped how our brand comes to life across our markets.

“She led our workplace transformation to an activity-based working model for thousands of our colleagues, enhancing productivity, flexibility and collaboration. Thanks to Barb’s efforts, our Bank is consistently recognised as a top employer globally for a leading employee value proposition that is anchored in culture, employee wellbeing, and a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

“I am pleased to have Jenny join the Bank as our CHRO, bringing more than three decades of Retail and HR leadership experience to help us build on our momentum as a top employer in Canada and across our international markets.

“I look forward to working closely with her as we continue to focus on driving exceptional client and employee experiences as part of our refreshed enterprise strategy.”

Scotiabank also announced the appointment of Aris Bogdaneris to the newly created role of Group Head, Digital Transformation, Tangerine, Marketing and Analytics, effective September 1, 2023. Bogdaneris will be responsible for overseeing the Tangerine business as well as Global Marketing, Customer Insights, Data and Analytics and Real Estate.

Bogdaneris brings to Scotiabank more than 25 years of experience in diverse operating roles with global financial services organisations across Europe and North America, including most recently at an international bank, where he served on their Management Board as the Global Head of Retail Banking and Head of Challenger and Growth Markets.

He has extensive experience overseeing multi-country operations and global business lines and a proven track record in delivering strong and sustainable business growth in retail and commercial banking, including driving industry-leading client satisfaction and employee engagement.

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