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Mark Williams appointed new The Mutual Bank CEO

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Hunter-based The Mutual Bank will welcome a new CEO when Mark Williams takes on the role from 1 July.

He’ll step into the position vacated by Geoff Seccombe, who’s retiring after 34 years with the organisation.

Mr Williams, the current chief operating officer at Beyond Bank, is no stranger to the Hunter either, having lived in Lake Macquarie for many years, and with extensive family ties across the region.

Following an initial career in audit with global professional services firm PwC, he has built a reputation as a highly-trusted executive within customer-owned banking.

During his 15 years with Newcastle Permanent Building Society Limited (now part of the NGM Group), Mr Williams held various responsibilities across the company, including chief financial officer, acting CEO and chief technology officer.

But, now, the Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of The Financial Services Institute of Australasia admitted he’s excited to join The Mutual Bank team.

“It’s been a reliable constant for the people of the Hunter since 1888,” he said.

“So, it will be a privilege to help the organisation continue its evolution to meet its members’ banking needs.

“I’m thrilled to continue my passion for customer-owned banking, where people are always put above profits, with such a reputable group.

“The Mutual Bank has a solid reputation for service and commitment to its community and I am looking forward to maintaining this legacy as well as overseeing exciting developments as we continue to grow.”

The Mutual Bank’s chair Steve Meyn said the board was confident Mr Williams had the know-how and wisdom to lead the bank into an exciting new era.

“After an exhaustive search, we’re pleased to announce Mark’s appointment and believe his exceptional knowledge, broad range of qualifications and extensive experience in member-owned banking are the perfect fit for our organisation,” he explained.

“We envision a seamless transition into the CEO role, which Geoff Seccombe has so diligently and successfully filled since 1994.

“We are confident Mark is the leader who will steer The Mutual Bank into the future, while maintaining the essence of what makes our organisation so special.

“With more than 100 employees and assets under management of more than $1 billion, we have a vision to be the ‘bank of choice’ for the Hunter region.

“We have faith Mark is the leader who can help the team achieve this.”

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