Johnson Leadership Series - Episode 1

Rob Coombe


Rob Coombe is a highly successful executive and director with over 30 years’ experience in financial services and fast-food QSR. He is a proven Chair and Non-Executive Director who has developed a portfolio of NED roles across fast-food (craveable brands.), Banking (CIMB), Indigenous Affairs (AIEF) and Private Equity (5V Capital, Generation Development Group, and Tibra Capital). He is also the Deputy Chair of Surfing Australia.

Prior to building his director portfolio, Rob had a 21-year career at BT Financial Group and the broader Westpac Group – culminating in running BT Financial Group and then Westpac’s Retail & Business Banking operations, sitting on the Group Executive Committee reporting to then CEO, Gail Kelly.

Rob left Westpac Group in 2012 and had a brief period with FtB – a leading advisory firm to banks and international financial institutions. He was then approached to lead the Archer Capital-owned QSR Group (now craveable brands.) in which he led the turnaround and transformation over a six-year period before steering it to a successful acquisition by PAG Asia Capital in July 2019.

Rob commenced his career as a lawyer, working in various financial services organisations. He also served on the Bankers Trust Executive Team, working initially as Senior Legal Counsel then Head of International Bankers Trust.

Rob holds a Bachelor of Laws with Honours from University of Technology, Sydney.

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