Peter Knoblanche is moving from deputy CEO to take the top role at Rabobank Australia, a specialist food and agribusiness bank and one of Australia and New Zealand’s largest rural lenders.
He takes over as CEO on July 1 from Thos Gieskes, who was in the job for six and a half years.
Gieskes, a former CEO of Rabobank in Chile for seven years, is going back to the bank’s head office in the Netherlands.
He says: “Australian and New Zealand farmers and agribusinesses are undoubtedly among the very best in the world, and our agricultural production is rightly very highly valued and sought after for its quality and clean, green reputation. I have no doubt agriculture here will continue to go from strength to strength in the years ahead as global demand grows and as the local sector pursues strategies to improve productivity and increase value-adding.”
The new CEO, Knoblanche, has been with the bank 20 years, most recently as deputy CEO for Rabobank Australia and deputy managing director for Rabobank Australia and New Zealand Group since August 2015.
He has headed Rabobank’s Australian rural banking operations for the past 10 years, most recently as Group Executive Country Banking Australia.
“I see a very bright future for what is already a successful agricultural industry in Australia and New Zealand, and it really is a privilege to be involved in this through an organisation like Rabobank, which has such a special and important role in supporting the food and agricultural sector both locally and globally,” says Knoblanche.