Wayne Evans, until recently the head of Finance Now, has
been appointed to replace Ross Smith as chief executive of
Invercargill-based SBS Bank.
Mr Evans (47) will take over officially in August when Mr
Smith retires from SBS after 22 years as chief executive.
SBS chairman John Ward said in a statement Mr Evans impressed
with his wide-ranging industry experience, strategic insight
and leadership qualities during the highly contested
The financial services industry was evolving at a rapid pace,
placing opportunities and challenges in front of SBS.
''Wayne's proven financial services background in retail
networks, IT and marketing will enable SBS to continue to be
strategically positioned within the banking sector.''
Mr Evans said SBS was not only part of the fabric of
Southland's own successful story but, increasingly, was
playing a greater role in the financial services sector in
Mr Evans was educated at Southland Boys' High School before
completing a bachelor of commerce (accounting) degree at the
University of Otago and a postgraduate diploma in psychology
at Massey University.
He returned to Invercargill to establish the SBS subsidiary