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
Non-Executive Director
Swiss Re Asia
Swiss Re Australia
Flirtey
St Albans School DC

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, USA

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.

David LaRose

General Manager IBM Partner Ecosystem
IBM

As General Manager of the IBM Partner Ecosystem, David LaRose leads the organization's worldwide channel business. He engages with more than 160,000 Ecosystem Partners around emerging opportunities in the channel through cloud, analytics, mobile, security, AI and modern infrastructure.

David is responsible for the revenue generated globally through IBM Business Partners, including value-added distributors, resellers, system integrators, independent software vendors, cloud service providers and managed service providers.

Prior to this position David was Managing Director, IBM Australia and New Zealand where he was responsible for the vision and overall IBM performance of the business and returned it to growth. He is a global executive with extensive leadership experience working in Japan, China, India and Europe spanning sales and general management in the highly competitive ICT industry.

Throughout his career at IBM he has held a series of progressive leadership roles in sales, channel management, and brand management across global regions spanning 170 countries. Along with increasing P&L responsibility, he has led thousands of cross-functional employees across sales, finance, marketing, communications, HR, and support functions.

David has extensive experience in resolving complex business issues, identifying growth opportunities and a passion for driving the business performance with a strong focus on culture and workforce engagement. He also serves on the Board of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA). Its purpose is to serve the Information Technology Industry with the Federal and State Governments of Australia.

Sarah Beshar

Non-Executive Director
Invesco Ltd.

Sarah Beshar is a senior executive, corporate advisor and strategist respected for strong operational, financial and legal skills. Throughout her career, she has advised senior executives and Boards of Fortune 500 companies. She is recognized within corporate and financial sectors globally for her capital markets, corporate finance, governance, compliance and international securities expertise.

In 2017, Ms. Beshar was appointed a non-executive member of the Board of Directors of Invesco Ltd. As the fourth largest global asset manager with over $1.2 Trillion in assets under management, Invesco provides retail and institutional investors in over 150 countries investment capabilities across multiple asset classes. Currently, she serves on the Audit, Compensation, and Nominating and Governance Committees. In 2018, Ms. Beshar was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Perth USAsia Centre, Australia’s preeminent foreign policy and trade think tank.

In 2016, Ms. Beshar completed a successful thirty-year career at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, a global, $1B firm. While serving as the relationship partner for the firm’s largest client, she also managed large teams in executing and distributing investment products offered to the institutional and retail customer base of financial institutions.

Ms. Beshar led countless IPOs, public and private debt and equity transactions (including spin-offs) for financial institutions globally and for US corporate clients. Ms. Beshar managed the $23B IPO for General Motors, one of the largest IPOs in the world and a significant victory for the U.S. government after bailing out GM during the financial crisis.

She has a breadth of experience across multiple industries including professional services, automotive, consumer durables, energy, financial and retail. Ms. Beshar has worked for multinational clients across the United States, Asia and Europe. She is known for working effectively with regulators and government entities including the SEC, NYSE, the Department of the Treasury and the UK’s FCA. Ms. Beshar also served as Chief Operating Officer of the Global Capital Markets Group leading 100 lawyers and legal assistants across multiple offices. As a former member of senior management, she understands how to generate revenue and tightly manage expenses.

In recognition of her legal and business expertise, Chambers Global ranks her as a Leading Lawyer and Diversity Magazine included Ms. Beshar in its “Woman Worth Watching”. Ms. Beshar was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Law from the University of Western Australia in Perth in 2015. She has served as a Trustee of both the University of Western Australia in America and Magdalen College at Oxford University in America. She is a member of the Corporate Board of the Lincoln Center and the Board of Trustees of Episcopal Charities, as well as a Conservation Fellow at the Whitney Museum.

Ms. Beshar received an Honors Degree from Magdalen College at Oxford University as the inaugural Sir Robert Menzies Scholar, a national scholarship awarded to an Australian who exhibits academic excellence, leadership and athletic achievement. She earned a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Jurisprudence, both with Honors First Class distinction, from the University of Western Australia. She is a member of the New York State Bar and holds United States, United Kingdom and Australian citizenships. Ms. Beshar and her husband have three children and live in New York.

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.

Denis Hickey

Chief Executive Officer
Lendlease Americas

As Chief Executive Officer, since 2014, Denis Hickey oversees all aspects of the Lendlease businesses in the Americas.

Mr. Hickey joined Lendlease in 2012, and prior to his current role was Managing Director of Lendlease’s Australian development business, where he was responsible for all development activities including retail, communities, commercial, retirement, apartments and the company’s major urban renewal projects.

He brings more than 20 years’ experience to Lendlease, working across all aspects of real estate development and investment management. Prior to joining the Group, Mr. Hickey was chief executive officer at ING Real Estate – Australia and held senior executive positions at Stockland and Jennings Group Limited.

As a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Mr. Hickey has held positions on the Board of the Property Council of Australia (PCA) and has served as President of the PCA NSW Division.

Mr. Hickey received a Bachelor of Business degree from Monash University; he has also completed an AMP at Harvard University. He and his wife, Lisa, and their children currently live in Manhattan.

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

Samantha is the global head of consultant relations for Morgan Stanley Investment Management (MSIM), and co-chair of the global diversity council for MSIM. She joined Morgan Stanley in 2007 and has 15 years of industry experience. Previously, she was the co-head of MSIM’s international consultant relations team covering investment consultant clients in the U.K., Europe and Asia. Prior to that, she was the retail investment product manager in the wealth management division of Suncorp, Australia, and practiced as a banking and finance lawyer at Mallesons Stephen Jacques, Australia. Samantha received a B.Bus. with distinction in international business and a B.Law with honours from the Queensland University of Technology, Australia, a Grad.Dip in applied finance from the Financial Services Institute of Australasia, and a Grad.Dip in legal practice from the College of Law, Sydney. She is also a qualified solicitor.

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.

Tracey Fellows

President, Global Digital Real Estate
News Corporation

Tracey is President Global Digital Real Estate, News Corp and is responsible for driving strategy, growth and potential expansion across News Corp’s digital Real Estate assets. The current assets include Realtor.com, 62% ownership of REA Group (Australia & Asia digital Real Estate) and investment in Elara (Indian digital Real Estate) businesses. She was acting CEO of Realtor.com for 7 months and has since appointed the new CEO who reports to her. Ms. Fellows is a non-executive director on the Board of REA Group, which is an ASX listed company. She is also a member of the Elara Board, which is an unlisted company.

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
Non-Executive Director
Swiss Re Asia
Swiss Re Australia
Flirtey
St Albans School DC

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.

Board of Directors, Australia

The Hon. John Olsen AO

Chairman

The Honourable John Olsen AO is Chairman of the American Australian Association Ltd and Chairman of the Perth US Asia Centre at The University of Western Australia and board member of the United States Studies Centre at The University of Sydney.

Mr Olsen spent almost 7 years in the United States, as Consul General in New York (2006-2009), and as Consul General in Los Angeles (2002-2006). Prior to his diplomatic postings, he was Premier of South Australia (1996-2001), capping a long and distinguished career in the political arena, including a period as Senator for South Australia (1990-1992).

Mr Olsen pioneered G’day USA in 2004, a week-long programme showcasing the best of Australia. The programme expanded to New York in 2007 and has become the largest single annual foreign country promotion in the United States.

He was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2007 for his outstanding contributions to the South Australian Parliament. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants.

Jane Allen

Director

After over 15 years at Egon Zehnder, Jane was a founding Partner of Maritana Partners, a specialist advisory firm that focuses on governance related matters, including Non-Executive Director appointments, Chairman Succession, Board Reviews, and CEO and CFO Succession.

Her time at Egon Zehnder included being a Managing Partner in Australia, as well as Head of Asia for one of the Firm’s largest Practice Groups. In addition to being on the Global Leadership Team for the Consumer, Retail Media Practice, she was a senior member of the Global CEO Succession and Board Practice Groups. In Australasia Jane has been the lead Partner on CEO Succession with over 80 Boards. She has been the lead advisor on Board Effectiveness Reviews and Non-Executive Director appointments for a number of the regions largest businesses.

Jane is a member of Chief Executive Women, a network of Australia's top women leaders. Jane has been a Director of the Garvan Medical Research Institute’s Foundation Board since 2007, one of Australia’s most highly respected medical research bodies. In addition, Jane is a Director for the United States Studies Centre. Prior to Egon Zehnder she worked at Procter & Gamble in the US and Australia. Jane has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts from Smith College.

Amb. John Berry (Ret.)

Director

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.

Andrew Dudgeon AM

Director

Andrew Dudgeon AM is a Partner at global management consulting company McKinsey & Company. He is a leader in the Defence, Aerospace, Transportation and Infrastructure Practices. He has held Chief Executive Officer roles at three global aerospace and transportation companies, one in the United States and two in Australia.

He previously held senior command appointments within the Australian Army rising to the Rank of Brigadier. During his Military career he commanded combat operations of both Australian and Allied Forces in the Middle East and Afghanistan and flew a wide range of aircraft and helicopters.

Andrew was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for outstanding service to Australian Defence aviation. A keen sportsman, snow skier and active follower of both cricket and rugby union, Andrew is married to Hayley and has one teenage son, James.

Sara James

Director

Sara James is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and author. James has covered Australasia for NBC, CNN and PBS. James is a featured commentator on Australia’s ABC News Breakfast. Her American in Oz segment offers a savvy take on US politics. James moved to Melbourne from New York, where she served as a Correspondent for Dateline and NBC News and guest-anchored on the news desk of the NBC Today Show. James has won a string of awards and reported on the Taliban, modern-day slavery in Sudan, the Bosnian War Crimes Tribunal, Australia’s Stolen Generation and 9/11 in her hometown. James is a Director of the Australian-American Fulbright Commission, a Director of KCNQ2 Cure, and a founding member of GETA -- Genetic Epilepsy Team Australia. James is the author of An American in Oz, co-author of The Best of Friends, and editor of An Extraordinary School.

Ian Saines

Director

Until November 2019, Mr Saines held the position of Chief Executive - Funds Management at Challenger Limited. In this role he oversaw rapid growth at Australia’s fastest-growing, active funds management company with AUM in excess of $82 billion at the time of Ian's retirement.

Before joining Challenger Mr Saines was Group Executive - Institutional Banking and Markets at Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) until December 2013, having joined the bank in 2004. Ian was a member of the Bank's Executive Committee and responsible for managing the Bank's relationships with major corporate, institutional and government clients.

Prior to joining CBA, Ian was a Management Committee member of Zurich Capital Markets Asia, the investment banking arm of the Zurich Financial Services Group. Ian previously held various leadership positions at Bankers Trust Australia Limited and ultimately led the investment bank's Global Metals and Mining Industry Group. He also worked at the Reserve Bank of Australia.

Ian is currently a Director of Air Lease Corporation, a NYSE listed commercial aircraft leasing company based in Los Angeles and a director of the United States Studies Centre, a Sydney University-based research centre, dedicated to the rigorous analysis of American foreign policy, economics, politics and culture.

He was formerly a board member of Father Chris Riley's Youth off the Streets, a not for profit organisation providing support to chronically homeless and abused youth in our society. He was also a director of Australian Financial Markets Association (AFMA) from 2008 until 2013. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD). Ian has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree with first class honours from the University of New South Wales.

Ben Scott

Director

Ben Scott was appointed to the AAA Limited Board in June 2020, having returned to Australia from New York City, after nineteen years abroad.

Ben served as a AAA Inc. Board Member in the USA from 2015-2019, during which time Ben chaired the AAA Development Committee and was a founding Co-Chair of the AAA Business Council.

In 2019, Ben completed a successful seventeen-year career at Morgan Stanley. His role as Senior Relationship Manager saw him manage a diverse portfolio of Morgan Stanley’s largest institutional clients. Prior to this Ben sat on the Global Prime Brokerage Executive Committee, the primary unit responsible for Morgan Stanley’s hedge fund business. Ben joined Morgan Stanley in 2003 in Hong Kong, where he was responsible for Asian derivatives and structured product sales and marketing.

Ben commenced his career in finance at Bankers Trust in Sydney, following which, he became Senior Vice President at Zurich Capital Markets, where he established and co-managed their Hong Kong operations.

Ben earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Queensland and a Bachelor of Laws from Queensland University of Technology. In addition, he was awarded a scholarship to the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) for Rugby and was selected for the Australian Barbarians Rugby team. He also played for both the University of Queensland and University of Sydney’s rugby teams.

Born and raised on a merino stud and wheat farm at Muckadilla, Queensland, Ben now lives in Sydney with his wife and two sons.

Geoffrey Thomas AO

Director

Geoffrey Thomas AO commenced his career in the Financial Services Sector in the early 1980’s and developed one of Australia’s most successful Finance Brokerage Brands. He is the former Executive Chairman of Capitalcorp Financial Services, a Finance Brokerage Group, which had 42 offices around Australia. In 2004, Geoffrey sold the business to a listed Public Company, and since then, has mainly been involved in Investment activities in Australia and abroad.

Geoffrey was commissioned by the Newman Government in 2012 to review the QLD Trade Department. The review was adopted by QLD Government and Trade & Investment Queensland (TIQ). A statutory body was formed in 2013 with Geoffrey becoming the Deputy Chairman.

Geoffrey held the position as the Deputy Chairman of (TIQ) Board from October 2013 to October 2016.He was also QLDs Special Commissioner to North America from 2001-2015. He currently holds multiple directorships and board positions. Geoffrey has business interests globally with particular interest in hospitality, finance and real estate.

In 2018 Geoffrey was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Griffith University.

Advisory Council & Patrons

*Patron of the Association

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

The Hon. Joe Hockey
Founding Partner & President
Bondi Partners

Jacques Nasser AO
Former Chairman
BHP Billiton Ltd

 
Hon. Michael Baume AO*

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

 
Greg Norman AO*
Chairman & CEO
Great White Shark Enterprises

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

 
Andrew Liveris AO*
Chairman Emeritus
The Dow Chemical Company

 
Anthony J. Pratt*
Global Chairman
Pratt Industries USA

 
Malcolm Binks AO
Chairman Emeritus
American Australian Association

 
Peter Lowy*
Principal
Lowy Family Group

 
Bruce Stillman PhD AO
President
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

 
Wes Bush
Former Chairman, CEO & President
Northrop Grumman Corporation

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

 
Robert Thomson
Chief Executive
News Corp

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

 
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