For Kelly Bayer Rosmarin, the Group Executive for Institutional Banking and Markets at Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA), there’s no substitute for passion; especially when it comes to making a name for yourself in the business world. No matter what profession your career is in, she believes that having a love for the subject matter will inevitably result in the most open attitude for learning, and this is something which is becoming ever more important as the state of the workforce changes and evolves. “I think the key skill for the future is not to believe that you know everything you need to know to do the job; instead, it is to realise that learning is a lifelong pursuit,” she shares. “People will have to acquire new skills, be open to new models and methods, and really have that desire and ability to constantly learn. That’s the key skill that we, at CBA, are looking for at the moment.”


Kelly has had a long and successful career in the financial services sector. She joined CBA in 2004 and worked her way up to her current position, which she took on in December 2013.

Kelly’s advice for others looking to forge a similar career path is simple: “Be curious about the world around you.”

She suggests taking the initiative, connecting to the mission of the company you work for (or want to work for), and thinking about how you can truly add value to the organisation and its customers.

This approach has served Kelly well and is always front of mind as she heads up the institutional banking and market business for CBA. The division has an important offshore presence and, from a capital flow perspective, she foresees strong growth in cross-border investment.