American Australian Association

Business and Innovation

Business and Innovation

The American Australian Association and its Business Council, is the preeminent organization for business and government. The United States President, Australian Prime Ministers, Government officials on both sides of the Pacific and the Chief Executives of leading companies in the United States and Australia are amongst the many individuals hosted on one or more occasion.  For over 70 years, the AAA has strengthened the business and innovation relationship between Australia and the United States by promoting dialogue, cooperation, economic growth and cultural understanding. The AAA is dedicated to providing high level policy discussions and business focused events that nurture the entrepreneurial and innovative spirit that resides in our human capital. From infrastructure to outer space, AAA members have the opportunity to engage with each other and industry leaders on a wide range of issues affecting the wider American-Australian relationship.

American Australian Association Business Council

The Business Council is made up of members from a diverse range of industries with operations across Australia and the United States. Our members represent the breadth and depth of the robust economic relationship that exists between these two nations and contribute to the US$1 trillion economic partnership.

The Business Council was formed to highlight American and Australian businesses and their leaders, serving as a resource for building and strengthening economic relationships, whether it be among the business community or with key governmental decision makers in the United States and Australia. The Business Council aims to foster active dialogue, encourage innovation, improve trade and support growth on both sides of the Pacific.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Business Council Co-Chairs

Jennifer Nason

Global Chairman, Investment Banking

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.

Lachlan Murdoch

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Lachlan Murdoch is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fox Corporation (FOX), which is among the most recognized and influential media companies in the world. In this role, he oversees the Company’s premier portfolio of news, sports and entertainment assets. Mr. Murdoch was instrumental in the spinoff of FOX by 21st Century Fox and the establishment of FOX as a standalone public company.

Mr. Murdoch has spent the past two decades building, operating and investing in many of the world’s most prominent television and publishing businesses. He currently serves as Co-Chairman of News Corp and Executive Chairman of NOVA Entertainment, an Australian media company. Mr. Murdoch previously served as Non-Executive Chairman of Ten Network Holdings.

Prior to the formation of FOX in March 2019, Mr. Murdoch served as Executive Chairman of 21st Century Fox.  He began that role in 2015, working directly with the company’s senior management and Board of Directors to develop global strategies and set the overall corporate vision. Mr. Murdoch served as a member of the 21st Century Fox Board of Directors from 1996 – March 2019.

Brett Himbury

Chief Executive

Brett is IFM Investors’ Chief Executive, having joined the firm in April 2010. Brett is responsible for the execution of the firm’s strategy and delivery of strong results for IFM Investors’ clients, shareholders and staff. Under Brett’s leadership, IFM Investors’ has continued to add to its strong long-term investment track record across all asset classes, funds under management have grown from $20 billion to more than $105 billion, and the investment reach and client base extends around the globe. The firm now has eight global offices. Brett’s experience spans more than 30 years, and he has held a range of leadership roles across funds management and financial services. He sits on the boards of the European Australian Business Council and the German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce. With his diversity of experience, Brett has brought a strong track record and unique insights to IFM Investors.

Maureen Dougherty

President Boeing Australia, New Zealand & South Pacific

Maureen Dougherty is President of Boeing Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific. She is the senior company leader in the Oceania region and coordinates all Boeing activities, leads government relations and directs the implementation of Boeing’s strategy to expand its local presence and grow the business in the region. Previously, Dougherty served as Vice President and Program Manager for the KC-46A Tanker program, a program within Boeing Defense, Space & Security’s Military Aircraft business unit. In this role, she led multiple Boeing teams in the design and development of the KC-46A, the US Air Force’s next-generation aerial refueling tanker.

Before this assignment, Dougherty served as Vice President and Program Manager of Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C), a state-of-the art system providing powerful airborne surveillance, communications and battle management. She also served as Vice President for the F-22 program, an advanced tactical fighter jointly built by Boeing and Lockheed Martin. Throughout her 30-year career, Dougherty has held a variety of engineering and program leadership positions on missile, fighter, bomber and military commercial derivative aircraft programs. She has a broad technical background in structures, avionics, systems and test engineering and has managed programs through development, production and sustainment.

Dougherty earned her master’s degree in engineering from the University of Washington, where she studied as a Boeing Company Systems Engineering Fellow. She received her undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Pennsylvania State University.

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