On 1 August 1980 in India, Vishnu Shahaney stepped through a stern wooden door, beneath a rampant green elephant, into Grindlays Bank to begin his very first job out of university as a Management Trainee.
Never did the fresh graduate imagine that 40 years later he would be celebrating his 40th year anniversary with ANZ, as Head of Southeast Asia, India and Middle East, and Country Head of Singapore.
After his years of experience in banking it’s easy to assume Vishnu has ‘seen it all’, having navigated major crises like the Asian Financial Crisis and the Global Financial Crisis and the SARS outbreak.
But despite these world-changing events, Vishnu says he is still learning every day, particularly now as the banking industry - along with the rest of the world - deals with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Over time, Vishnu says he has come to realise the importance of embracing change and challenges, and how learning and leadership go hand in hand.
Reflecting on his milestone with ANZ, Vishnu Shahaney tells us only one thing is for sure: change – and not just in banking.
Position yourself for opportunity
It often seems easier to stay within our comfort zones and keep doing what we’re good at – but not according to Vishnu. He believes it’s critical to keep looking ahead and positioning yourself for new opportunities that will help to further shape your experiences and broaden your skillset.
Throughout his time with ANZ, Vishnu has taken on many different senior management positions spanning diverse areas of the business including corporate, private and institutional banking. He has experienced working in various geographies in ANZ’s international network including Australia, India, Indonesia and, currently, Singapore.
“I have been fortunate in being able to take on new roles and in doing so, take on different challenges and work in different markets in Australia and Asia” Vishnu says. “The leadership of the organisation has also backed and trusted me by giving me more responsibilities over the years.”
Vishnu adds having such colourful and diverse experiences has continued to provide him with job satisfaction and fulfilment, key factors in his motivation for staying with ANZ.