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Aussie Home Loans has appointed Richard Burns to the position of General Manager Customer, commencing Monday 9 February 2015.

Mr Burns will have responsibility for Aussie’s brand, marketing and digital presence, customer retention and data, and IT architecture and operations; leading a team of more than 40.

Mr Burns comes with over 20 years’ experience in marketing, product, strategy, digital and user experience. He joins Aussie after seven years with CommSec where he is currently General Manager Customer Experience, responsible for the end-to-end user experience of CommSec’s customers. Previous roles at CommSec included Head of Strategy and Head of Marketing.

Founder and Executive Chairman of Aussie, Mr John Symond AM, said “General Manager Customer is a critical and unique role within our business, and we have been searching across industries and markets to find the right person for the job. I am delighted that this search led us to Richard and that he accepted my offer to join the Aussie team.

“As a member of the executive management team, Richard will be responsible for protecting and growing the Aussie brand while at the same time strengthening our digital effectiveness and presence with innovative technology,” he added.

“Richard is an impressive senior executive and without doubt has the right cultural fit, vision, experience and drive to lead our marketing, digital and IT teams,” Mr Symond concluded.

Mr Burns said, “Aussie is a genuine and iconic Australian brand and I am thrilled to be joining the business. Leading the IT, digital and marketing teams will be a great challenge, and one that will allow me to draw upon my experience in each of these three areas. I have heard great things about the team and am looking forward to meeting and working with them all.”

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