American Australian Association

Governance

Governance

Officers of the Association

Craig E. Chapman Esq.

CHAIRMAN
Sidley Austin LLP

Craig Chapman is Chairman of the American Australian Association. He has been a member of the Association since 1984, on the Association’s Board of Directors since 2002 and on the Board’s Executive Committee since 2003.

Born and raised in Connecticut, Craig’s first association with Australia was living with an Australian family in the Sydney suburb of Castle Cove and attending North Sydney Boys High School as an American Field Service exchange student in 1971. After completing law school in 1980, Craig started his career as a lawyer with Dawson Waldron, then one of Sydney, Australia’s top four law firms, where he worked for three years on a variety of corporate matters and met his wife, Susan Manton. Susan was born and raised in the Sydney suburb of Strathfield. Craig’s 36-year marriage to Susan constitutes his longest lasting and personally most rewarding “American Australia Association”. They have two daughters, Jane and Louise, both of whom are dual citizens.

Craig is also a partner in the New York office of Sidley Austin LLP. Sidley is a global law firm with more than 2,000 lawyers in 20 offices around the world, including an office in Sydney, Australia. Craig has worked at Sidley (starting at the predecessor firm Brown & Wood) since returning to the United States from Australia in 1983. Craig was head of Sidley’s Tokyo office from 1992 to 1995 and head of the Capital Markets practice in Sidley’s London office from 2006 to 2009. At Sidley, among other things, Craig is currently co-chair of its Capital Markets practice and co-chair of its Opinion Committee. One of Craig’s primary areas of focus at Sidley is representing Australian issuers and underwriters of Australian issuers (including Australia’s major banking and other financial institutions) on U.S. securities offerings and other transactions. He has worked closely with Sidley’s Sydney office since its opening in 2007.

Melissa Babbage

VICE CHAIRMAN
Swiss Re America

Melissa is currently a Non Executive Director of Swiss Re Americas, Flirtey Inc, the American-Australian Association, and a Governing Board member of St Al-bans School, Washington D.C.

Prior to relocating to the US, Melissa held several Board roles in Australia from 2011-2015. She was a Non-Executive Director of Q Super, Swiss Re Australia, Mercer Investments, St Vincent’s Health & Aged Care, the IOOF Foundation and Athletics Australia. She has chaired Investment, Risk and Audit Committees on these boards. Melissa had also been a member of the Business Advi-sory Panel to the NSW Treasurer in 2012.

Before moving into Board positions, Melissa enjoyed a long career in both international and domestic financial markets from 1992-2011. Commencing in interest rate derivatives trading at Bankers Trust in 1992, she then moved to Commodities trading at Deutsche Bank in 1997. In 2000 she was appointed a Managing Director, and in this capacity had roles as Head of Global Finance and Foreign Exchange A/NZ for Deutsche Bank Australia, Head of Commodities Asia-Pacific, and a member of the Global Executive team.

Melissa holds a MCom (Finance and Economics) from University of NSW and a BAppSc from Sydney University. She is a Graduate of the Aus-tralian Institute of Company Directors, and a member of Chief Ex-ecutive Women.

Amb. John Berry (Ret.)

PRESIDENT
American Australian Association

The American Australian Association President comes to the job well prepared after serving as the 25th US Ambassador and President Obama’s personal representative to Australia. Prior to that, John served in multiple senior government positions, earning three unanimous Senate confirmations, including: the head of “HR” for the Federal government as Director of the Office of Personnel Management; the “COO” of the Department of Interior as Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget; the head of 40% of Federal law enforcement as Acting Assistant Secretary for Enforcement at the Treasury Department; and Legislative Director for Rep. Steny Hoyer. John has also been a leader in the non-profit sector, serving as the Director of the Smithsonian National Zoo; The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and Government Relations for the Smithsonian Institution. John has accomplished many firsts, most notably, the first openly LGBT US Ambassador to a G20 country and while at OPM, he was the highest ranking LGBT executive official in US history. He has stood atop both poles – north and south, visited all of the world’s continents, as well as all of the states of both the USA and Australia. His most favorite recognitions of the many received have been Department of the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award, a lion named “John” in his honor and a mountain in Antarctica called the “Berry Bastion.” He is married to his partner of over 20 years, Curtis Yee.

Jacqui Spence

TREASURER
Sora Group

Shannon Marshall

SECRETARY
J.P. Morgan

Shannon Marshall is a Vice President and Investment Specialist for JP Morgan. She is responsible for developing and managing relationships with affluent clients and their families, addressing their investment, banking and planning needs. She world closely with her clients and their external advisors to provide thoughtful investment and wealth management solutions within the context of each other’s overall objectives, including retirement, estate planning and philanthropic needs. Prior to J.P. Morgan, Ms. Marshall worked as a Private Wealth Advisor at Bernstein Global Wealth Management Group based in New York City, providing financial planning, investment and wealth management solutions. Originally from Australia, Ms. Marshall previously worked extensively in the international wine industry.

Board of Directors

Grant Knuckey

CEO Americas
ANZ

Grant Knuckey was recently appointed Chief Executive Officer of ANZ Americas. In this role, he continues to build on ANZ’s 50-year presence in the US across corporate banking, capital markets, fixed income, and project and structured finance.

Grant was previously CEO Japan for ANZ, with additional management responsibility for the banks business in Korea.

His career with the bank spans over 20 years, the majority of which has been spent in Asia. Grant has held senior positions in Institutional Banking, Global Markets, and Strategy in Singapore, Hong Kong, mainland China and the Mekong region, prior to his most recent role in Japan. Notably, Grant led the process of attaining a full banking licence for ANZ in Myanmar in late 2015.

Outside ANZ, Grant sits on the Executive Committees of both the Australia & New Zealand Chamber of Commerce Japan (ANZCCJ); and the International Bankers Association of Japan.

Grant holds a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Commerce from Victoria University, as well as a Master of Business Administration (1st Class Honours) from Trinity College. He is married with two children.

Sara McKerihan

Managing Director
Citi

Sara McKerihan is a Managing Director in Citi’s Markets and Securities Services Business, in the Global Client and Relationship Management Group. Citi Markets Global Relationship Managers work with Citi senior management and Markets coverage teams to ensure that Citi is delivering our best in class services to our most important Platinum clients and that Citi is fully maximizing on potential business opportunities. She is based in New York.

Ms McKerihan joined Salomon Brothers as a salesperson with particular responsibility for Central Banks in non-US dollar markets. In 1989, she played a key role in forming the specialized European Government Group, which now covers all the major European markets. In 1999 she was appointed Head of Fixed Income Sales for Asia Pacific, and relocated to Hong Kong, where she was responsible for managing a sales team covering all countries throughout the region. She was also made a member of the Asia Pacific Management Committee. In 2002, she relocated to New York to cover Global Hedge Funds within Fixed Income and in 2007 transitioned to the newly formed Global Relationship Management team.

Ms McKerihan has a Bachelor's Degree in Commerce from Newcastle University and graduated from the Development Program for Managers from the University of New South Wales. She also serves on the Board of 100 Women in Finance and on the Board of the American Australian Association.

Martin Schroeter

Senior Vice President, IBM Global Markets
IBM

Martin Schroeter is Senior Vice President, IBM Global Markets, responsible for IBM's revenue, profit and client satisfaction worldwide as well as IBM's Global Financing business, the world's largest captive IT financier. Additionally, Martin is accountable for IBM’s marketing and communications functions which are responsible for building the company’s brand and reputation globally.

He was previously Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, a position he held from January 2014 through December 2017.

Prior to that, he served as General Manager of IBM Global Financing, where he managed a total asset base in excess of $37 billion.  Mr. Schroeter also served as IBM Treasurer, responsible for the company's balance sheet, cash flow, capital structure, interest rate and currency risk management and treasury operations.

He has also served in a variety of business line and finance executive positions, including Vice President of Global Technology Services, Asia Pacific; General Manager of IBM Global Financing, Asia Pacific; and CFO and Finance Director, IBM Australia and New Zealand.

Mr. Schroeter received his MBA from Carnegie Mellon University and his undergraduate degree from Temple University.

Jennifer Nason

Global Chair, Investment Banking
J.P. Morgan

Ms. Nason has been with J.P. Morgan for nearly 32 years having joined the Melbourne, Australia office in 1986. Over the span of her career she has worked in the Project Finance and Mergers & Acquisition groups focused on the Natural Resources sector; the Retail Investment Banking client coverage team as Group Head; and for the last 18 years, led the Technology, Media and Telecommunications global client practice, with a focus on strategic M&A, debt and equity financing. Ms. Nason also co-founded and chaired the Investment Banking Women’s Network at J.P. Morgan in the mid-1990s.

Today as a Global Chairman of the Investment Banking practice, Ms. Nason is responsible for many of the firm’s key investment banking relationships around the world. Over her career, she has been involved in many key transactions including: IBM’s $34 billion acquisition of Red Hat, Scripps Networks Interactive’s $14.6 billion sale to Discovery Communications; 21st Century Fox’s £11.7 billion acquisition of Sky PLC; Verizon Communication’s acquisition of Vodafone’s $130 billion stake in Verizon Wireless; GE’s $18.1 billion sale of NBCU to Comcast; Virgin Media's $23.3 billion sale to Liberty Global; Facebook’s $16 billion IPO; Nokia’s $15.6 billion acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent; and Frontier Communication’s $11 billion acquisition of wireline assets from Verizon.

Prior to joining J.P. Morgan, Ms. Nason spent three years with the Department of Management and Budget in Australia as an infrastructure project analyst, where she worked on the development of several high-profile projects, including the National Tennis Centre in Melbourne. Ms. Nason is a former Chair and current member of the Board of the American Australian Association. She is also a Member of the Economic Club of New York; the Partnership for New York City Innovation Council; and the Paley International Council.

Charles R. Grant

Senior Advisor
Lexington Partners

Charles Grant was named Senior Advisor to Lexington Partners in 2019. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Grant was a Partner of Lexington primarily engaged in the origination and evaluation of secondary purchases of private equity and alternative investments. Mr. Grant, a Chartered Accountant, graduated from the University of New South Wales and is a fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.  He is chairman of the Australian Independent Schools (USA) Foundation and the UNSW & Study Abroad - Friends and US Alumni Inc.

Samantha Schoen

Managing Director, Global Head of Consultant Relations
Morgan Stanley

Rich Rauchenberger

General Manager, New York Branch
National Australia Bank

Rich Rauchenberger is the General Manager and Head of National Australia Bank’s New York Branch. He is directly responsible for all activities under the National Australia Bank brand in the United States. This primarily involves wholesale banking operations.

Mr. Rauchenberger has been with National Australia Bank since 1996 and has a total of 35 years of international banking experience. He has expertise in risk management and services having served in numerous roles including Head of Risk and Chief Operating Officer for the New York Branch and the global Wholesale Bank respectively. During his tenure with National Australia Bank, Mr. Rauchenberger spent 5 years living abroad in London, England and Melbourne, Australia.

Mr. Rauchenberger served on the board of directors of Great Western Bank and its associated holding companies from 2011 to 2016.

Prior to this, Mr. Rauchenberger worked at Lloyds Bank’s New York Branch for 9 years and National Westminster Bank USA for 2 years. He is a Board of Directors and Executive Committee member of the Institute of International Bankers and the American Australian Association.

Rich has a BS in Finance from Fordham University. He is married with three children.

Jim Kennedy

Chief Communications Officer
News Corporation

James E. Kennedy is Executive Vice President and Chief Communications Officer of News Corp. Mr. Kennedy joined News Corp from Sony, where he was head of communications for Sony Corporation of America (2011-2013) and Sony Pictures Entertainment (2005-2012).

Beforehand, Mr. Kennedy served in the Clinton White House as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Press Secretary, Communications Director for Vice President Al Gore and Senior Advisor to the White House Counsel. Mr. Kennedy also was a spokesman for Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Joe Lieberman and the Connecticut Attorney General’s office.  He has a B.A. from the University of Rochester and an M.A. from the American University School of Communication. He serves on the Board of the American Australian Association, and is a member of the News Corp Philanthropy Committee.

David T. Perry

Corporate Vice President and Chief Global Business Officer
Northrop Grumman Corporation

David T. Perry is corporate vice president and chief global business officer of Northrop Grumman Corporation, a leader in global security.

Perry is responsible for the company’s international business and acquisition efforts. Chief executives leading corporate operations outside the United States report to Perry. He is also a member of the company’s Corporate Policy Council.

At Northrop Grumman, Perry has held a number of assignments of increasing responsibility, most recently as vice president and general manager of the naval and marine systems division of the Mission Systems sector. Other roles include the vice president of Marine Systems in 2005. Perry joined Northrop Grumman in 1999 as a marketing manager responsible for submarine programs. Prior to joining Northrop Grumman, he served in the U.S. Navy as a nuclear submarine officer.

Perry earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Duke University and a master’s degree in engineering administration from The George Washington University. He also completed the Harvard Business School Executive Education Program. Perry currently serves on the Board of Trustees at the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in autonomous systems, cyber, C4ISR, space, strike, and logistics and modernization to customers worldwide. Please visit news.northropgrumman.com and follow us on Twitter, @NGCNews, for more information.

Stephen Thompson

Senior Executive Vice President, The Americas, New Zealand, Pacific Islands, Japan
Qantas

Stephen is Executive Vice President, The Americas, New Zealand, Pacific Islands & Japan at QANTAS. He has held a variety of senior roles for Qantas during his 23 years with the airline. Stephen joined Qantas Airways Ltd in October 1994 as Regional General Manager- South Australia following 14 years with Ansett Australia.

In 1996, Stephen was appointed to the position of Regional General Manager- Victoria looking after the airlines commercial interests and in 2001 was appointed to the position of Regional General Manager- South East Asia based in Singapore. This role held responsibility for both Qantas and British Airways commercial interests as part of the combined joint service agreement.

Stephen then in 2004, commenced the position of Regional General Manager- UK, Ireland, Europe, Middle East and Africa, based in London. During this period, Stephen was responsible for the Commercial and Airport Operations of the airline throughout the region.

Stephen returned to Sydney in 2009 and held a range of senior executive roles with responsibility for global sales, international airport operations and Qantas’ network of regional offices. Most recently, in 2016, Stephen relocated to Los Angeles to take up his current role as Senior Executive Vice President, The Americas, New Zealand, Pacific Islands & Japan where he overseas international sales, airport operations and all teams based in those regions.

Todd Malan

Vice President, Corporate Relations – Canada & Americas
Rio Tinto

Todd M. Malan is Vice President for Corporate Relations for global mining and metals leader Rio Tinto, based in the company’s Washington D.C. office.  In this role, Todd has regional responsibility for government affairs, media, and brand in Canada and the Americas and leads the corporate relations function for the Rio Tinto Aluminum business globally.

Todd is a graduate of the University of Washington in Seattle and the Hansard Scholars Programme at Birkbeck College of the University of London.  He sits on the Board of Directors of social influencer media company Tell On Demand.

Tania Yuki

Founder and CEO
Shareablee

Tania Yuki is Founder and CEO of Shareablee. Tania began her career as a media and internet attorney, specializing in digital rights management, IP and film financing. After moving to the US, Tania went on to run online video content as Head of Acquisitions and Branding and led product management for comScore's Video Metrix, the world's leading online video ratings service.

Shareablee was founded in February 2013 when Tania saw a new frontier emerging across social media. She was convinced that social data would fundamentally change how companies communicate and do business and dedicated herself to understanding what makes social content succeed. Since then Shareablee has evolved from 3 people in Tania’s living room to a dynamic company of 60+ employees that boasts the world’s largest system of brand performance data across social platforms and industry-standard metrics that help clients navigate and win on social media. Shareablee collects & transforms the social data into actionable business intelligence.

Craig E. Chapman Esq.

Partner
Sidley Austin LLP

Craig Chapman is Chairman of the American Australian Association. He has been a member of the Association since 1984, on the Association’s Board of Directors since 2002 and on the Board’s Executive Committee since 2003.

Born and raised in Connecticut, Craig’s first association with Australia was living with an Australian family in the Sydney suburb of Castle Cove and attending North Sydney Boys High School as an American Field Service exchange student in 1971. After completing law school in 1980, Craig started his career as a lawyer with Dawson Waldron, then one of Sydney, Australia’s top four law firms, where he worked for three years on a variety of corporate matters and met his wife, Susan Manton. Susan was born and raised in the Sydney suburb of Strathfield. Craig’s 36-year marriage to Susan constitutes his longest lasting and personally most rewarding “American Australia Association”. They have two daughters, Jane and Louise, both of whom are dual citizens.

Craig is also a partner in the New York office of Sidley Austin LLP. Sidley is a global law firm with more than 2,000 lawyers in 20 offices around the world, including an office in Sydney, Australia. Craig has worked at Sidley (starting at the predecessor firm Brown & Wood) since returning to the United States from Australia in 1983. Craig was head of Sidley’s Tokyo office from 1992 to 1995 and head of the Capital Markets practice in Sidley’s London office from 2006 to 2009. At Sidley, among other things, Craig is currently co-chair of its Capital Markets practice and co-chair of its Opinion Committee. One of Craig’s primary areas of focus at Sidley is representing Australian issuers and underwriters of Australian issuers (including Australia’s major banking and other financial institutions) on U.S. securities offerings and other transactions. He has worked closely with Sidley’s Sydney office since its opening in 2007.

Melissa Babbage

Non-Executive Director
Swiss Re America

Melissa is currently a Non Executive Director of Swiss Re Americas, Flirtey Inc, the American-Australian Association, and a Governing Board member of St Al-bans School, Washington D.C.

Prior to relocating to the US, Melissa held several Board roles in Australia from 2011-2015. She was a Non-Executive Director of Q Super, Swiss Re Australia, Mercer Investments, St Vincent’s Health & Aged Care, the IOOF Foundation and Athletics Australia. She has chaired Investment, Risk and Audit Committees on these boards. Melissa had also been a member of the Business Advi-sory Panel to the NSW Treasurer in 2012.

Before moving into Board positions, Melissa enjoyed a long career in both international and domestic financial markets from 1992-2011. Commencing in interest rate derivatives trading at Bankers Trust in 1992, she then moved to Commodities trading at Deutsche Bank in 1997. In 2000 she was appointed a Managing Director, and in this capacity had roles as Head of Global Finance and Foreign Exchange A/NZ for Deutsche Bank Australia, Head of Commodities Asia-Pacific, and a member of the Global Executive team.

Melissa holds a MCom (Finance and Economics) from University of NSW and a BAppSc from Sydney University. She is a Graduate of the Aus-tralian Institute of Company Directors, and a member of Chief Ex-ecutive Women.

Advisory Council & Patrons

*Patron of the Association

David W. Anstice
Former Executive Vice President
Merck & Co.

Robert L. Joss PhD
Dean Emeritus
Stanford Graduate School of Business

Greg Norman AO*
Chairman & CEO
Great White Shark Enterprises

 
Hon. Michael Baume AO*

 
Andrew Liveris AO*
Chairman Emeritus
The Dow Chemical Company

 
Anthony J. Pratt*
Global Chairman
Pratt Industries USA

 
Geoffrey Bible*
Chairman & CEO Emeritus
Altria Group, Inc.

 
Peter Lowy*
Principal
Lowy Family Group

 
Bruce Stillman PhD AO
President
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

 
Douglas Daft AC*
Former Chairman & CEO
The Coca-Cola Company

 
W. James McNerney*
Former Chairman & CEO
The Boeing Company

 
Robert Thomson
Chief Executive
News Corp

 
James Gorman
Chairman & CEO
Morgan Stanley

 
Rupert Murdoch AC*
Executive Chairman, News Corp
Co-Chairman, Fox Corporation

 
Frederick B. Whittemore*
Advisory Director
Morgan Stanley

 
Leon Hertz AO
Former Executive Vice President
News Corp

 
Jacques Nasser AO
Former Chairman
BHP Billiton Ltd

 
James Wolfensohn KBE AO*
President Emeritus
World Bank