Westpac loses its Data and Advanced Analytics – Finance – Strategy group leader


Kelley Yohe (Image credit: Westpac iQ / Westpac)

Kelley Yohe, head of Westpac’s Data and Advanced Analytics Platforms group, has left the bank and is heading to the United States.

Over a four-and-a-half-year period, Yohe led the bank’s efforts to integrate analytics into its customer experiences, implementing a range of platforms and data capabilities.

iTnews understand that the recruitment of Yohe’s replacement is already underway; the position reports to Westpac’s Managing Director for Data Platforms, Meggy Chung.

Yohe went through a list of her team’s accomplishments while overseeing the operation in a LinkedIn Publish.

She said the team had grown from around 280 people to 1,500 people in four and a half years at the bank.

“Our journey took us from traditional batch data to integrating Westpac into its early cloud instances, big data, machine learning, and API-enabled real-time aggregate data,” Yohe wrote.

“As a team we have had so many ‘firsts’ for Westpac.”

These included consolidating legacy data environments and launching the bank’s first foray into the public cloud.

Yohe was also part of the creation of Westpac’s Data-driven experience platform (DDEP) intelligence hub, which is located on Azure.

According to Yohe’s post, the team also:

  • created the first real-time data platforms with Kafka and Spark;
  • was responsible for launching open data as part of Westpac’s Open Banking Obligations, “bringing all bank brands together on one platform for the first time and enabling them with APIs”; and
  • establish a data science and machine learning data platform and big data capabilities.

Yohe’s team also produced a digital data backend to support the immediate delivery of the Covid-19 mortgage relief packages to Westpac customers.

“I am more than confident that the hard work we, as a team, have done has and will continue to forever change Westpac’s data and digital trajectory,” Yohe wrote.

“I am delighted to see and hear what comes next, and to see the management team take another step forward and continue to take Westpac to the next level.”


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