Bringing the team with you
If not for the slightest shortfall in his final high-school marks, Bob Santamaria would have pursued a career in medicine. And… as he offers jokingly, “there are probably hundreds of Melbournians alive and well today because I didn’t get into medicine.” It’s a story that’s emblematic of Santamaria’s humility and self-depreciating humour that has remained consistent across a 40-year law career. The last 12 years spent as Group General Counsel at ANZ Bank, during a period that’s included the Global Financial Crisis, overseas expansion and the high-profile Hayne Royal Commission into the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry. As he prepares to retire, Santamaria spoke to ACC Australia to reflect on some of the skills and lessons that he’s applied managing a high-profile and complex legal department during one of the most disruptive decades in the global finance industry.
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