Queensland Country Bank has appointed Karl Grant as a new member of its Board of Directors to help guide the strategic direction of the organisation’s Digital Roadmap.

Karl was previously the Chief Executive Officer at Data Action, one of Queensland Country Bank’s primary technology providers, and a director at another leading digital supplier, Fusion. Prior to that Karl spent nearly two decades at the US multi-national company, Hewlett Packard, in various national and international roles across many sectors, including Banking and Financial Services. 

Queensland Country Bank Chair Christine Flynn said Mr Grant’s expertise in Information Technology and Cyber Security, as well as broader skills in Financial Management, Business Strategy and Corporate Governance, would make him an asset to the organisation.

“As a member-owned bank, we’re committed to investing our profits into developing our products and services to support our Members to reach their financial goals,” said Ms Flynn.

“The strategic growth of our digital capabilities and security has been a focus for Queensland Country Bank for some time now, and Karl’s appointment is a key milestone in continuing to deliver on our promise to our Members.

“Karl’s experience and intricate knowledge of our technology provider’s capabilities and processes will be invaluable in progressing significant digital transformations to provide better services and products for our Members.” 

Ms Flynn said that in addition to Mr Grant’s impressive qualifications and expertise, his understanding of the mutual banking industry played an important role in assessing his suitability for the role.

“Karl genuinely believes in the benefits of banking with a mutual that puts people ahead of profits, and has been a Member of Queensland Country Bank for a number of years,” she said.

“He has had exposure to international banking best practices and digital innovations in markets similar to the Australian Mutual Banking industry, and regularly consults with stakeholders in the mutual banking industry to guide their business through the risks and opportunities of modern banking in today’s digital environment.

“Our Members are at the forefront of every decision we make, and we are confident that Karl’s in-depth experience and shared values will provide significant value to the strategic growth of the organisation.”