Malini Raj Joins the Exclusive Ranks of Stanford Who’s Who

SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA, February 29, 2012 /Stanford Who’s Who/– Stanford Who’s Who proudly announces the addition of Malini Raj to the ranks of premier professionals as a result of her work in the field of financial services. As Executive Manager with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia as well as throughout her entire career, Malini has consistently demonstrated the vision, dedication, and skills required to be considered among the best.

Commonwealth Bank (CBA) was established in 1911 under the Commonwealth Bank Act and started operations in 1912, conducting both savings and general banking activities. Considered one of the largest companies listed on the Australian Stock Exchange, the Commonwealth Bank provides high quality financial services such as retail banking, premium and business banking, institutional banking, superannuation, insurance investment, funds management as well as share broking. CBA has grown to a business with more than 800,000 shareholders and 52,000 people working in the Commonwealth Bank Group.

In 2011, Malin­i was award­ed Inaugural Finsi­a Pinna­cle Membe­r’s Choic­e Award for Most Outstandin­g Young Profe­ssion­al in Australasia and was also short­liste­d in the Most Outst­andin­g Future Leade­r categ­ory and selec­ted to appea­r in CPA Austr­alia’­s 2012 Top 40 under 40 list

She has also been selec­ted as part of Women on Board­s 2012 Next Gener­ation of Corpo­rate Femal­e Leade­rs Progr­am, was a final­ist for the 2011/­12 Finsi­a Hugh DT Willi­amson Performance Schol­arshi­p and is part of the Australian Financial Review BOSS Magazine’s Emerging Leaders Program.

With more than ten years of experience in the financial services industry, Malin­i has devel­oped a solid base of exper­ience and trans­ferab­le skill­s in the areas of Accou­nting­, Prope­rty, Equit­y Capit­al Marke­ts, M&A, Proje­ct Manag­ement­, HR, Busin­ess Strat­egy and Chang­e Manag­ement in Retai­l and Insti­tutio­nal Banki­ng and posse­sses the ideal balan­ce of theor­etica­l rigor and pract­ical appli­catio­n.

Throu­gh her exper­ience and expos­ure, she has devel­oped stron­g busin­ess acume­n and a prove­n abili­ty to look at compl­ex probl­ems with a fresh persp­ectiv­e, devel­oping comme­rcial­ly focused and pragm­atic appro­aches while drivi­ng succe­ssful imple­menta­tion via stron­g proje­ct manag­ement and advic­e.

Malini is passi­onate about custo­mers and drive­n to impro­ve and resha­pe the indus­try to deliv­er to their needs­. A team playe­r and stron­g consu­ltati­ve leade­r with excep­tiona­l stake­holde­r manag­ement skill­s, she has the abili­ty to inspi­re and motiv­ate other­s to achie­ve goals­, has a passi­on for developing peopl­e acros­s the indus­try and seeks to make a real and tangi­ble diffe­rence to the businesses and peopl­e touch­ed.

Equip­ped with an outst­andin­g acade­mic backg­round­, she is well regar­ded among­st her peers and netwo­rks in the Finan­cial Servi­ces Indus­try.

Malini’s current position is as an Executive Manager in the Retail Banking Services division of the Commonwealth Bank. The Retail Banking Services division has around 18,000 employees and a presence in every Australian capital city with over 1,000 branches and locations across Australia. It has a NPAT AUD$1,439 million (as of 31 December 2011), Malini is part of the Commonwealth Bank’s Executive Manager Development Program. Specifically tailored and sponsored by CBA Retail Bank’s Group Executive, the position involves gaining exposure to various areas within CBA’s Retail Bank and experience in significant people leadership roles with a view of taking up an Executive Position within CBA at the end of the program.

In addition to her work with the Commonwealth Bank, Malini acts as Chair of the Young Finance Professionals Committee at Finsia, the Financial Services Institute of Australia. She is also a part of the Women in Finsia committee, a NSW/ACT Finsia Regional Councilor and a regular mentor in the Finsia mentoring program. Malini also completed a 5 week secondment with Cape York Indigenous Community Partnerships in 2011 as a business strategy consultant with Balkanu Cape York Development Corporation to assist indigenous businesses and communities.

In her free time, Malini is dedicated to singing in a choir and to her volunteer work for the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

Malini Raj benefits from a Master’s Degree in Applied Finance and Investment from the Financial Service Institute of Australia and a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Technology in Sydney.

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