Ms Debra Hazelton (New South Wales)
Term: 1 October 2015 to 1 October 2018
Ms Hazelton is Senior Advisor for Global Talent Development, Mizuho Financial Group, Inc.; and Principal, Kokusai Business Advisory (KBA). In July 2014, Ms Hazelton was appointed General Manager, Global Career Management Division at Mizuho Financial Group (MHFG) at its headquarters in Tokyo. This marked the first appointment of a non-Japanese General Manager to a corporate function division within Mizuho. MHFG is one of the world’s largest financial services companies with a global network of more than 90 offices in 36 countries. The Global Career Management Division was established to lead the “One Mizuho” strategy to enhance a global culture across its extensive banking, securities and trust bank businesses.
Previously, Ms Hazelton was Managing Director of Mizuho Australia Ltd and General Manager of Mizuho Bank (Sydney Branch). She was appointed in 2007 as the first non-Japanese Country Head at Mizuho Corporate Bank, the corporate banking arm of the Mizuho Financial Group. Ms Hazleton’s previous banking roles were at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) and included executive positions in International Business Development, Financial Markets and Risk Management. She spent approximately ten years in Japan as Treasurer and Country Head/ General Manager of CBA’s Tokyo Branch.
Ms Hazelton’s academic background includes graduate and post-graduate studies at Keio University (Tokyo, Japan), University of New South Wales, and Sydney University. She is fluent in Japanese.
Ms Hazelton’s career has focussed on building strong, long-term relationships within major Japanese, Australian and global companies, financial institutions, regulators and government treasuries and trade bodies. Ms Hazelton is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Corporate Directors and has extensive board experience. Prior to taking up her appointment in Japan, she was a Board Director of Asia Society Australia, Australian Financial Markets Association (AFMA), and sat on the AFMA Audit and Risk Committee as well as the Australia Japan Business Cooperation Committee (AJBCC) Infrastructure Planning Group. She also held board positions on Women in Banking & Finance, the Australia Japan Society of NSW, International Bankers Association Japan and the Australian & New Zealand Chamber of Commerce of Japan.