Kate Aitkens

Vice President – People & Culture I Optus

Kate Aitken joined Optus from Westpac Banking Corporation in August 2020 as Vice President of People & Culture.

With a career spanning senior regional and global human resources and business roles, she is responsible for end-to-end human resources (HR), people and culture at Optus and aligning initiatives across the Singtel Group.

She is an experienced business and HR professional with strong leadership, management, change and communication skills, gained in roles with Westpac, Goldman Sachs and Macquarie Bank in London, New York, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

With over 20 years’ HR experience, she has led strategies and teams through major business and economic events, as well as business transformation, acquisition and divestment.

She is a member of Chief Executive Women, a board member of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Bus Stop Films and is a Founding Member of the Minerva Network.

While well-travelled, she currently lives in Sydney where she grew up and balances her work life by spending time with friends and family.