Legal Regulatory Influencer
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Mark Weenink may have left his powerful Westpac role, but the former MinterEllisonRuddWatts CEO has taken on the role as Group General Counsel at the Todd Corporation and also retains a powerful role as a key contact point for government and legal regulators as a board member of the FMA, with a unique breadth of experience across business and law.
The role at the family-owned Todd Corporation, one of New Zealand’s largest and most successful private companies valued at well over $4 billion, retains Weenink as someone who connects closely to the legal profession and New Zealand business.
Until earlier in 2022 Mark Weenink was in the Westpac’s senior management team with as ‘General Manager,Regulatory Affairs, Compliance & General Counsel’ New Zealand he plays a key role in handling the bank’s affairs under lawyer and outgoing CEO David McLean.
Last year his responsibilities increased with his role increased to include external relations, which includes the media, social media, government relations and sustainability teams.
Weenink joined the bank in 2015 after a successful career within the profession and with a wealth of experience as both a lawyer specialising in the finance field and with proven leadership abilities and has demonstrated his firm understanding of New Zealand’s financial and commercial markets, combined with his unquestioned role as one of the country’s best known senior lawyers.
Practising with Minters since 2008, he has also worked with a financial services group in Sydney and with US-based mega firm McDermott Will & Emery in London. His earlier legal days were with Bell Gully in Auckland.
A winner of numerous awards his influence within Westpac and Also unique is his membership of the Weenink Brothers (not a rock band) but three successful legal brothers, all Rongotai College old boys, home to numerous current and former All Blacks, one of whom (Scott) has also made the Power List but has since moved from his role at Auckland Airport into investment and director roles with different companies, including Modica Group and Kiwisaver company Generate.