Joachim Mies: An International Whale
What you’ll notice throughout the profile of Joachim Mies is an international theme. In the roles of CFO and COO, his deep experience in the fields of wholesale banking, investment banking, asset management, and the commodities space has served the needs of clients across multiple countries and continents.
Of course, you’ll also surely notice his track record as a financial executive who knows how to manage a business’ infrastructure and deliver on complex change programs related to financial control, risk, IT, and costs. Throughout his career in finance, Joachim Mies has taken the lead role in multiple start-ups, restructuring and integration projects across regulated businesses in Europe, the U.S. and the Asia-Pacific region.
The lengthy career of Joachim Mies began with a number of roles at Dresdner Bank AG, one of Germany’s largest banking corporations at the time. Joachim started at that firm with a series of assignments including a banking apprenticeship in August of 1979, followed by the roles of Head of Operations and Control/Assistant Manager in Singapore in September of 1988, Group-wide Assignments/Manager in October of 1993, and Head of Operations and Control/Senior Manager in September of 1995.
After Dresdner Bank, Joachim Mies moved on to a series of roles at investment bank Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein. At that firm, Mr. Mies held the positions of Business Manager Asia-Pacific Region in 1998, COO/Managing Director, Asia-Pacific in 1999, COO/Managing Director, North America 2002, COO/Managing Director, Continental Europe in 2003, and Deputy Global COO/Managing Director, London in 2005.
It was after his time at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein that Joachim Mies’ name was seen in the news, as he had been appointed as COO/Managing Director, EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) for Credit Suisse Asset Management November of 2006. Mark Burgess, Executive Vice Chairman and EMEA Head of Asset Management, explained that Joachim would be responsible for “overseeing divisionally aligned support functions for the Asset Management business” as well as “supporting Credit Suisse’s ongoing initiatives to further develop and grow its Asset Management business in EMEA.”
After so many years at Dresdner Bank/Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein serving a cross-section of world regions spanning Continental Europe, North America, and Asia-Pacific, Joachim Mies’ move to Credit Suisse was timely and much-needed: Credit Suisse had just reported a 21% decline in quarterly asset management profits. Mr. Mies held his COO/Managing Director position at Credit Suisse until November of 2007.
Joachim Mies’ next role was that of CFO and Group Vice President for BP’s oil and gas trading business, where he was responsible for the energy firm’s finance and information technology functions. From December 2007 to June 2018, Joachim improved the controls, reporting and risk management environment across the business, creating a high-performing, integrated, global operations function for BP.
Upon leaving BP, Mr. Mies accepted the position of CFO at Viva Energy Australia from October 2014 to October 2015. An energy provider with Vitol, the world’s largest independent energy trading company, as the leading shareholder, Viva Energy Australia delivers to customers a mix of locally refined products and imported products from Vitol’s global network.
Today, Joachim Mies proudly serves as the COO of ANZ, which is among the top four banks in Australia, the largest banking group in New Zealand, and among the top 50 banks in the world. With its headquarters in Melbourne, Australia, ANZ has a proud heritage of more than 180 years and operates in 34 markets globally with representation in Australia, New Zealand, Asia-Pacific, Europe, America, and the Middle East.
As a bank, ANZ is about as international as can be. As a “whale,” we can say the same thing about Mr. Joachim Mies, whose financial footprint has touched, well, practically everywhere.