Gary Lennon profile

Group Chief Operating Officer

Les Matheson was appointed Group Chief Operating Officer at the National Australia Bank Limited in January 2021.

He has previously held several executive roles within the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), most recently as CEO of Personal and Business Banking (2014 - 2020), where he also assumed responsibility for Ulster Bank in Ireland from 2015. Les joined RBS in 2010 as Managing Director for Retail Products, adding Marketing to his portfolio a year later.

Prior to these roles, Les spent most of his banking career at Citibank, where his roles included Division Executive Central Asia, Retail CEO and Country Head for Australia, and Head of Private Client Business and Marketing for the Asia Pacific Region. He was a member of the Citigroup Global Management Committee.

Les has served on several board and advisory committees. Former roles include Deputy Chairman of the Australian Bankers’ Association, Deputy Chairman of the Financial Conduct Authority Practitioner Panel (UK), a Director of Visa Europe and a past member of the Edinburgh University Court.

Les started his career with Proctor & Gamble in brand management in the UK. He has lived and worked in Switzerland, Belgium, Argentina, Taiwan, Singapore, Japan, the UK and Australia.

He has a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) from Edinburgh University. He is a Certified Bank Director (The Institute of Bankers UK) and a Fellow of the Chartered Banker Institute (UK).

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