Janine Stewart


Janine Stewart
CEW Member

Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Executive General Manager, Human Resources, RBS & Marketing

Janine is currently Executive General Manager, Human Resources, RBS & Marketing at Commonwealth Bank of Australia, which she joined in July 2014.

Her previous role was Group Director People and Culture at News Corp Australia. Alongside her executive role she is also a non executive director of Career One and the NSW TAFE Commission. At News Corp Janine is responsible for developing and driving the Company’s new people strategy and leading its cultural change program.

Janine began her career at Ansett Australia in 1995, working in a number of strategy and business roles. In 2002 she joined Qantas and worked in senior business line roles and also HR roles across the organisation, with responsibility for 7,000 staff worldwide. In 2007 Janine joined Perpetual’s private wealth division and in 2008 was promoted to the role of Group Executive People and Culture at Perpetual.

In 2011 Janine was recognised by the Financial Services Institute of Australia as a finalist in the Most Outstanding Woman in Financial Services Award and was also a finalist in the 2010 EOWA Australian Diversity Leader – Business Achievement Award for the Advancement of Women

I truly believe in the vision and mission of the CEW because it’s both pragmatic and fair. Pragmatic, because organisations are more successful and work more effectively if the people who work in them, and run them, reflect both the broader population and the company’s customers. Fair, because I believe there is something innate in all of us that values the idea of fairness. It’s only fair that women who are talented and work hard should be able to advance their careers."

"I have assisted the advancement of talented women – including being a role model for other women, driving cultural change in large businesses, and developing and promoting women into leadership positions. This is not to say I do not recognise and promote talented men – of course I do as retaining and promoting talented people is fundamental to the success of any organisation. But I am, especially conscious and active in the need to support, grow and sponsor talented women."

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