MELBOURNE – October 1, 2018:Latitude Financial Services (‘Latitude’ or the ‘Company’), a leading consumer finance business in Australia and New Zealand, today announced the appointment of Ahmed Fahour as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer.
Mr Fahour, a former Managing Director and CEO of Australia Post and CEO of the Australian and Asian operations of National Australia Bank as well as an Executive Director on the NAB Board, replaces Sean Morrissey, who has decided to return home to the United Kingdom for health and family reasons.
Latitude Chair Mike Tilley said the appointment of a recognised business leader of the stature of Mr Fahour was an exciting moment in the ongoing journey and growth of the Company.
“Ahmed is the ideal individual to take the helm of Latitude as we embark on a new chapter and seize the opportunities that exist in a changing financial services landscape. His experiences and proven track record running large scale enterprises perfectly suit our ambitions as a growing challenger in a market in which customers demand better services and solutions.”
Given the leadership transition and external market considerations, Mr Tilley noted that plans for an Initial Public Offering of Latitude had been deferred. The Board would continue to explore strategic options, which may include a future listing on the Australian Securities Exchange.
Mr Fahour said, “I have long been an admirer of the Latitude business. It’s had many years of success and I know having competed against it that it has some great capability and people. I am delighted to have this opportunity to lead Latitude at a time of exciting changes and disruption in financial services.”
“Now that Latitude has been successfully established as its own business with a new brand there are many opportunities available for this dynamic platform. Along with regulatory changes, new customer facing technology offers significant opportunities for Latitude to both directly support its customers and to continue to support its partners, online and in stores.”
Mr Tilley thanked Mr Morrissey for his significant contribution over the past three years. This was a period in which, following its acquisition from GE Consumer Finance in November 2015, Mr Morrissey led a highly successful change program and investment agenda across all facets of the Company.
“Sean has delivered exceptional outcomes for Latitude in his time as CEO. Among his many achievements were the separation of our operations and processes from GE, reduction of costs and delivery of organisational efficiencies, the hugely successful Betterers brand campaign, signing of major new partnerships including most recently retailing giant JB HiFi, and a range of digital and product innovations. Latitude is at the forefront of delivering best in class services for our valued customers and partners.”
About Latitude Financial Services
Latitude Financial Services is a leading consumer finance business in Australia and New Zealand, offering 2.5 million customers a broad range of finance products including personal loans, credit cards, insurance and interest-free promotional and retail offers. Across Australia and New Zealand, the business currently employs more than 2000 staff and services its customers through a network of retailer partners, brokers, phone and the internet. The company offers a full suite of financing solutions for retail partners, managing credit applications, credit authorisation, billing, remittance and customer service processing. Its products include Gem Visa, GO MasterCard and 28 Degrees Platinum MasterCard.