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Customer-owned Gateway Bank announces C-suite reshuffle

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The changes include the organisation’s first CTO and the appointment of a new CFO

Sydney, 19 December 2018: Customer-owned Gateway Bank has today announced exciting changes to its executive team. The reshuffle will see the promotion of its Senior Manager of Business Systems, Peter Buzek, into the newly established role of Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and the appointment of a new Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Debra Landgrebe.

In his new role as CTO, Buzek will serve as Gateway’s top technology architect, driving the alignment of Gateway’s system architecture with wider business goals, focusing on improving the customer experience for Members.

Paul Thomas, CEO at Gateway Bank, said the role was created in response to the need for an increased focus on technology developments and continuous innovation.

“Peter’s appointment reflects our growing commitment to providing better services for our members and I’m looking forward to seeing the transformation that he will be making in his new role.” Thomas said.

Buzek said: “Our size allows us to establish ourselves as fast responders to new trends.  As our own internal expertise grows, we will take advantage of open innovation and co-creation to put us on the leading edge of customer experience. I am excited to be heading these efforts.”

Buzek is a technology enthusiast through and through, so even outside of work he can be found building the Internet of Things or working on home automation projects.


Landgrebe will be joining the mutual bank as CFO at the end of January, when Peter Gilmore will step down after 12 years of service.

She joins the customer-owned bank from Commonwealth Bank of Australia with a wealth of knowledge amassed from an accountancy career spanning over 19 years acrossblue chip financial and professional services organisations in four countries, Australia, South Africa, The Netherlands and the United States.

Thomas said he looks forward to welcoming new talent to the business.

“Debra’s experience will be of immense value to the team as we take the next steps towards an evolving Gateway Bank.” Thomas said.

“I’m looking forward to joining the team at Gateway. I see a bright future and exciting times ahead for the small player and am keen to be a part of the evolution over the next few years.” Landgrebe said.

Outside of work, Landgrebe never shies away from a challenge, having successfully completed the Oxfam Trailwalker, the CAN4CANCER cycle tour and Ironman triathlon, twice. She also enjoys the argy bargy of a good game of netball.

Thomas thanked Gilmore for his contribution to Gateway.

“Peter has been a key player in helping Gateway to weather the storms of the housing market over the past few years. His extensive financial knowledge and strong analytical skills will leave us with strong foundations moving into the future.” Thomas said.

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Media contact

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact: 

Tasha Nabila - PR & Communications Manager

Gateway Bank

02 9307 4359 | 0449 539 654


About Gateway Bank

Founded in 1955, with just one employee and a briefcase, Gateway Bank is now one of Australia’s leading customer-owned institutions. We put people before profits; 100% of profits are used to benefit our customers.  To find out more, visit