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Obituary: John Body

[UPDATED] The former Managing Director of ANZ's wealth business, John Body (JB) has died. - Includes : Hisco comments

Tuesday, December 27th 2016, 9:05AM 3 Comments

by Philip Macalister

Body, 52, died on Christmas Eve at Mercy Hospice after a battle with cancer.

During his career he spent 29 years at ANZ, holding a number of senior executive roles in New Zealand, Australia and Asia, focused on markets, foreign exchange, private banking, insurance and investments.

In 2010 he was appointed Managing Director of Wealth NZ, leading its Private Bank, Investment Management and Insurance teams.

In January this year Body was promoted to Retail and Business Banking Managing Director.

Body's original appointment to the head of Wealth was a little bit of a surprise as his background was in institutional banking. The new role included ANZ's life insurance business, OnePath, as well as the advisory and wealth operations.

A strong characteristic of his time in the Wealth business was his belief in helping more New Zealanders to understand more about retirement savings and helping New Zealand build on the foundation that KiwiSaver has provided.

Body was a bank executive who was accessible and always willing to discuss issues. He managed to bring a perspective to issues which was well-thought out, considered and objective. 

Two good examples are his contribution to ASSET Magazine's KiwiSaver Round Table last year, and his comments on churn in the life insurance business (here)

David Boyle, who worked with Body, had this to say: "When ANZ Wealth was established the great thing about being in his team was his focus on the customer. John had excellent leadership skills and from my perspective encouraged everyone in the team to try things outside the square.

"He was highly regarded by those in the industry. He loved music and cars and from my perspective was very passionate about work and his family."

ANZ chief executive David Hisco said, in a memo to staff: "John had a sharp mind, a dry sense of humour, a strong social conscience, gave wise counsel, was loyal to ANZ and his colleagues, and - most importantly - loved his family dearly."

"So, as we digest this news and remember our mate today it's ok to grieve. But, knowing John, he wouldn't want us to be morose but instead ensure that Debs and their children are well supported and that we reflect on what's important during the festive season - which is, after all, about life - and show love to those close to us."

Funeral Prayers will be celebrated at St Patrick's Cathedral, Wyndham Street, Auckland City, 1.30pm Thursday December 29. 

 

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Comments from our readers

On 27 December 2016 at 1:14 pm Stephen O'Connor said:
RIP John.
On 27 December 2016 at 10:39 pm Mr Slater said:
A very sad loss. I had the opportunity of interacting with a John when I was at the Banking Ombudsman and has immense respect for him. Too young.
On 29 December 2016 at 2:58 pm dcwhyte said:
Gone way too early. John would have been pleased at the turnout at St Patrick's - full house.
RIP.

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