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Julian Travaglia - CEO

Julian’s career to date has spanned more than 25 years within the financial services industry.

Beginning at the National Bank of New Zealand (now ANZ), Julian worked in the retail branch network in Auckland and the Waikato in various roles ranging from home loans to rural lending and culminating in him becoming the youngest Commercial Banking Manager in the National Bank at the time of his appointment.

With his next move to AMP Financial Services, Julian held multiple positions including Assistant Regional Manager of the Mid-Northern Region, leader of specialist life insurance and superannuation technical support and training teams and he also managed the development and rollout of bespoke CRM and financial planning business tools to the nation-wide AMP adviser network. He spent the next three years revamping and leading AMP’s retail investment proposition before moving to Activa, the start-up subsidiary of Southern Cross Healthcare. Here he designed and managed the rollout of New Zealand’s first health management account via third party distribution networks throughout New Zealand.

Julian was brought on to the US-based multinational insurer AIG as part of the coveted world-wide Management Associate program which saw him based at AIG’s head office in New York for a three month period during the GFC in 2008. After graduating the program he enjoyed seven years working for AIG in New Zealand firstly as Head of the Consumer division of AIG and finally as Head of Client & Broker Distribution. He has now joined New Zealand Home Loans as the company’s Chief Executive Officer in October 2015.

Julian is married to Sarah, has twin boys and lives with his family in Hamilton.

Fast Facts:

  1. New Zealand Home Loans has over 79 franchises nationwide with over 220 people.
  2. Head Office is based in Hamilton.
  3. The wholly New-Zealand owned and operated franchise company was set up in 1996 by John Erkkila and Murray Ferguson, who had become increasingly concerned about the way that banks traditionally marketed loan products that would ensure that clients had a burden of debt hanging over them for many years.
  4. On July 1, 2012 New Zealand Home Loans became 100 per cent owned by Kiwi Group Holding (who also own Kiwibank), and now accounts for more than 30 per cent of the Kiwibank’s home loans.
  5. In 2012 the company reached the $1 billion lent milestone which is a 35 per cent increase on NZHL’s previous record total, reached last financial year.
  6. The Company has approximately $5 billion lent to some 19,000 clients.
  7. Awarded the  Deloittes Fast50 Award for Mature Business in the Central Region in 2012 and 2013 (the first time a company has won this award two years in a row) and the Fastest Growing Services Business (Central North Island) in 2013.
  8. In 2013 they won the Supreme Award - Westpac Waikato Business of the Year Award; the Tompkins Wake Award (15-49 FTE's) and the Waikato Management School Leader of the Year Award for its CEO Mark Collins at the Waikato Business Excellence Awards.
  9. The Company’s core product is a transactional account with a reducing principal and interest loan. All income is channelled through one account, reducing interest costs.
  10. debtnav is a software product used by New Zealand Home Loan clients enabling them to monitor their budget against their actual expenditure via a graph which is updated daily to see if they are ahead or behind their target


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