The Star hires Commonwealth Bank executive to lead transformation


The Star is set to welcome former Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) executive Scott Wharton as CEO of The Star Sydney and head of group transformation.

At CBA, Wharton served as Group Director, Program Delivery, and was responsible for leading key transformation efforts, including CBA’s response to the Australian Prudential Regulatory Authority’s 2018 Prudential Inquiry Report. (APRA) on governance, culture and accountability.

Wharton’s appointment, which is subject to regulatory approvals, follows the recent appointment of Robbie Cooke as CEO and Managing Director of The Star Entertainment Group.

Acting chairman Ben Heap said Wharton’s experience will be invaluable to The Star as she drives a renewal program across the group.

“The work he led at the CBA has been recognized as one of the most comprehensive corporate culture reforms in Australia,” Heap said.

“His leadership abilities, his expertise in implementing meaningful transformation in close collaboration with regulators, as well as his business skills and experience in managing complex businesses, made him the perfect candidate to fill the role. this key position within the organization.”

Throughout his career, Wharton has led large teams and transformational programs in the United States, Asia and Australia. Prior to joining CBA in 2016, he held various positions at Citigroup, in Hong Kong and New York, including Managing Director, Global Head of Supply Chain.

“I look forward to joining The Star at this critical time in its history,” Wharton said.

“The Star plays an important role in the economies of NSW and Qld as a major employer and enabler of the States’ tourism industries.

“I look forward to working closely with The Star team, as well as regulators and other stakeholders.”

“A lot of work ahead”

Star’s renewal program, focused on its operations in New South Wales and Queensland, is currently underway and revolves around corporate governance, culture, training, systems and technology. risk and compliance.

“The renewal program began several months ago and, while we still have a lot of work ahead of us, we are pleased with the initial progress,” Heap said.

“This program is an integral part of redesigning the way we do things. This is about improving systems and controls to help ensure that our casinos operate free from criminal influence and creating an environment to work collaboratively and cooperatively with regulators.

“The recently announced appointment of Robbie Cooke as CEO and Managing Director, and now Scott in a pivotal role as CEO of The Star Sydney and Head of Group Transformation, continues to drive this commitment forward.”


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