Wenceslaus Anthony was associated with Bank of Baroda (NZ) Limited from its early years and he provided extensive support in establishing banking relationship with various ethnic groups in New Zealand.
In June 2012, he was appointed to the Board as a Director in July 2016, he was appointed Chairman of the Bank.
Mr Anthony was a kind-hearted man of principles and committed to good corporate governance.
His charisma, multidimensional and multifaceted skills enabled him to consider ways and means of improving the quality and variety of services.
Ethics with commercial sense
The aura and atmosphere that he created while meeting his fellow directors, members of the staff and customers was inimitable and inspiring. He established a personal relationship with all staff and habitually conversed with customers, inquiring about their well-being.
We were fortunate to have worked with him closely and learn from him human qualities of compassion, commitment and devotion to work without compromising moral and legal principles; these will be a lifelong treasure for all of us.
His association with the Bank of Baroda New Zealand was an advantage and has added immense value in our functional framework. He helped us to understand the quality of work in New Zealand, local business practices, translation of relationship into banking business and maintaining good relationship with regulators and various ethnic groups.
We will always remember Mr Antony and his contribution to Bank of Baroda (New Zealand) Limited.
We pray for the departed soul to rest in peace.
Prahlad Gupta is Managing Director of Bank of Baroda (New Zealand) Limited based in Auckland.
Prahlad Gupta (second from left) with Wenceslaus Anthony, Star Global Solutions Limited Director Sheetal Rana, Zac Lumsden (now General Manager, Grand Mercure Hotel), his wife Julie and others at a Dinner hosted for Fiji businesses at Pullman Hotel on March 21, 2016 at Pullman Hotel, Auckland. This picture was published in our April 1, 2016 edition.
Wenceslaus Anthony (right) with P S Jayakumar, Managing Director & Chief Executive of Bank of Baroda in Mumbai in July 2016 (published in Indian Newslink, August 1, 2016 Edition)