If you want to be successful, find someone who has achieved the results you want and model them. Mentor List showcases Australia's most successful business leaders.
Michael Smith was the CEO of Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd. (ANZ) from 2007 to 2015 and following his retirement he remained an Adviser to the Board until July 2017.
Prior to this Michael held several other high-ranking business positions. He was President and Chief Executive Officer of The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited, Chairman of Hang Seng Bank Limited, Global Head of Commercial Banking for the HSBC Group, and Chairman of HSBC Bank Malaysia Berhad.
Elizabeth Proust is Chairman of Cuscal Ltd, a non-executive director of Lendlease Ltd, and Chair of SuperFriend, a not for profit in the mental health space. Towards the end of 2020, she concluded 2 other key roles: Chairman of Nestle Australia, and Chairman of the Bank of Melbourne.
In 2010 Elizabeth was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to public administration and to business, through leadership roles in government and private enterprise, as a mentor to women, and to the community through contributions to arts, charitable and educational bodies.
Previously Elizabeth worked in senior roles at the ANZ Banking Group, in local, State and Federal Government, and in BP Australia and BP International. She has held senior positions in the Victorian Government, including as Secretary (CEO) of the Department of Premier and Cabinet and Secretary of the Attorney-General’s Department. She was also CEO of the City Of Melbourne. Past directorships include Perpetual, Spotless, and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. She is the immediate past Chairman of the Australian Institute of Directors.
She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has a Law degree (University of Melbourne) and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from La Trobe University. She has received honorary doctorates from Monash, La Trobe and Wollongong Universities.
On a personal level, she has been married to Brian Lawrence for almost 50 years, has a daughter and 2 grandsons. Her interests include classical music, theatre, reading and following the Collingwood Football Club. She grew up in Balmain, country NSW and Wollongong, and lived in Melbourne for almost 40 years. The pandemic has seen her move back to Sydney to be closer to family who live in Sydney.
David Thodey is Chair of the Commonwealth Science, Industry & Research Organisation (CSIRO) and a Director of Ramsay Health Care, Tyro Payments, Vodafone Group UK and Xero.
Previously David was CEO and Executive Director of Telstra, appointed in May 2009. He formally retired from the CEO position on 30 April 2015. Telstra is Australia’s leading Telco with an international presence spanning Asia, Europe and North America. Before joining Telstra, David was CEO, Australia and New Zealand at IBM. During his 22 years at IBM, David held several senior executive positions across Asia Pacific.
Gail’s banking career spans 35 years, split equally between South Africa and Australia. While in South Africa, Gail held a number of senior executive positions in the Nedbank Group.
Gail served as the Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of two banks in Australia – St.George Bank from 2002 to 2007 and Westpac from 2008 to 2015. In 2008, these two banks came together under Gail’s leadership in what was the largest in-market merger in Australian financial services. At the time of her retirement in February 2015, The Westpac Group was the country’s 2nd largest bank and the 12th largest bank in the world, in terms of market capitalisation.
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Ms Joanne Jessop has been the Chief Executive Officer of Multicap since 2006, leading transformational change including transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Jo has extensive senior management experience in non-profit and public sector health care, and in government services. She is a Director of both Ability First Australia and Bric Housing, and a Fellow of the Australian Institute Company Directors. Jo is passionate about providing high quality human services outcomes, and improved opportunities for vulnerable people especially those living with disability.
Extensive leadership experience in challenging environments and in generating successful outcomes for both individuals and organisations. Strong understanding of complex, high-value infrastructure projects, with a focus on enhancing the internal and external relationships required to achieve project objectives.
Throughout his career Glenn has developed a keen appreciation for the connection between design, performance, and maintenance to ensure the delivered asset meets design life performance, operational cost parameters and provides the requisite returns to clients, customers and shareholders.
Glenn is a strong advocate of safety, governance and accountability, and customer-focused outcomes. He takes an active role in developing the resilience of the business and the capacity of its leaders to respond effectively to the challenge of their dynamic environment.
Glenn is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Sunwater Limited and his previous roles include General Manager Operations at Pacific Partnerships, Director and Board Chairman of the Pulse Partnerships Consortium delivering the Cross River Rail, Director and Chief Executive Officer of the ACT Light Rail project and he has served as a Colonel in the Royal Australian Engineers.
He is a Member of the Order of Australia, a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has a Masters in Business Administration and Management from the Universities of Southern Queensland and Canberra.
Scott works for Google as the Global Head of Innovation for Customer Engineering. Prior to this he worked with Adobe across APAC on digital strategy and digital transformation. He's worked for Telstra and Sensis in digital transformation and for 4 years he held the role of CTO in an Australian startup focused on personalised video media for mobiles. Scott has a background Computer Science specialising in Data Analytics, AI and Machine Learning.
A seasoned business executive with more than 20 years of global leadership experience. Miles has a strong board, general management and commercial background, with a consistent record of accelerating growth and building high-performing businesses across diverse cultures throughout Australia and Asia. He has a wealth of experience in general management, sales strategy and execution, business planning, supply chain, customer management and sales force optimisation.
After returning to Sydney in early 2019, but before starting with Red Bull Miles worked for Diageo as the sales & commercial head for Asia. Prior to that he lived and worked in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore for over a decade, most recently as Managing Director Asia and executive board member for the world’s largest hospitality distribution company, American Hotel Register. Prior to that he spent 12 years with Coca-Cola including VP global commercial leadership, GM Asia – Commercial and head of the McDonald’s APMEA partnership.
Born in the UK, Miles holds a degree from the University of New South Wales and an executive MBA from INSEAD University in Singapore.
He was co-chair of Efficient Consumer Response (ECR) Asia, McDonald’s Supplier Advisory board member and American hotel Register executive board member
Ms Jack was appointed as Managing Director of HCF in September 2017, having held the position of Chief Executive Officer since August 2017. She was appointed as a Director of HCF Life in August 2017, a Director of the Corporate Trustee of the HCF Research Foundation in September 2017 and appointed to the Board of Manchester Unity in November 2017. Ms Jack also joined the Board of Flip Insurance Pty Ltd (a wholly owned subsidiary of HCF Life Insurance Company Pty Ltd) in April 2021.
As Chief Financial Officer at HCF from 2006, Ms Jack led the acquisition and successful integration of Manchester Unity. In 2014, she was appointed Chief Strategy Officer and was responsible for the development of HCF's 2020 Strategy, a five-year strategic roadmap and vision for the business. Focussed on driving innovation, she established HCF Catalyst, Australia's first corporate-backed health technology accelerator.
As Managing Director, Ms Jack has introduced a new business line in Overseas Visitors Health Cover, launched a new loyalty program HCF Thank You, driven increased focus on our member experience and delivered the largest program of work in HCF’s history, a systems transformation project which will enable us to transform HCF’s way of doing business.
Ms Jack has more than 30 years' experience as a corporate executive across various industries and extensive experience across business transformation including the creation of Clearview and later its integration with MBF.
Ms Jack is also a Director of Private Healthcare Australia and the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals, and is a member of Chief Executive Women.
Liz was appointed Country President, AstraZeneca Australia and New Zealand in October 2017. She has more than 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry and has held various senior roles in sales, marketing, market access, corporate affairs and strategic planning.
Liz joined AstraZeneca Australia in a marketing role in 2003 and soon after, Liz was promoted to Market Access and Strategic Planning Director. During her time in the role, Liz established a best practice approach to market access and earned an RVP and ISMO global award in 2005. Liz was an active member of Medicines Australia Strategic Committee during the PBS reform period.
In 2008, Liz was appointed Global Head of Pricing and Market Access, AstraZeneca and was based in London. During her time in the role, Liz successfully delivered a global pricing and reimbursement strategy for new brands and supported early launch markets to achieve reimbursement goals. Liz worked closely with R&D to establish a payer evidence approach to developing brands and drove the Payer Excellence (PEX) program that improved payer capabilities across AstraZeneca. She was also involved in the PBS reform strategic committee in 2008.
Liz was appointed Vice President, Oncology, CNS and Broad Market, AstraZeneca China in 2011. In this role, she led a number of oncology brands as well as the expansion of patient access for Iressa. In 2013, Liz was appointed Country President, AstraZeneca Korea, where she led the successful launch of new products such as Forxiga, Xigduo XR, Symbicort Rapihaler, Lynparza and the fastest ever approval for Tagrisso. Liz championed operational execution through creating strong cross-functional teams, and improved commercial and medical capabilities. Her active involvement in the Korean research-based Pharmaceutical Industry Association delivered the first ever Korean Cancer Care Alliance, an alliance between academia, industry and patient groups focused on improving access to cancer.
Liz has been a member of the Medicines Australia Board since September 2018, and in March 2020 Liz was voted Deputy Chair by the MA Board.
Pip Marlow is Chief Executive Officer, Salesforce Australia, New Zealand and ASEAN. In this role, Pip is responsible for ensuring Salesforce delivers on its values of trust, customer success, innovation and equality for both our customers and our community across ANZ/ASEAN.
Prior to Salesforce, Pip was Chief Executive Officer Customer Marketplace at Suncorp, where she was responsible for driving customer focus into all aspects of Suncorp’s business including strategy, customer care, partnerships and innovative solutions that add value for customers. Prior to joining Suncorp in 2016, Pip was at Microsoft for 21 years where she held a number of roles for them in Australia and the USA. This culminated in her role as the Managing Director of Microsoft Australia for 6 years.
Pip is also a non-executive director of the Rugby Australia (ARU), sits on the Vice-Chancellor's Advisory Board at UTS, is a member of Chief Executive Women (CEW), and is an Executive Ally for Pride Diversity. She is a passionate advocate for flexible and diverse workplaces that empower people. Born and raised in New Zealand, Pip lives in Sydney with her Scottish husband and her two American born daughters, Sophie and Lucy.
As Chief Executive Officer Linfox Logistics Australia and New Zealand, Mark is based in Melbourne and responsible for leading the largest privately-owned logistics company in Asia Pacific to achieve its vision to be Australia and New Zealand’s most trusted logistics partner.
Mark leads the way with a focused and integrated business strategy designed to deliver industry-leading safety, wellbeing and industry compliance, outstanding customer service and smarter, environmentally sustainable supply chain solutions positioned for growth and prosperity – underpinned by Linfox’s LIFT values of loyalty, integrity, fairness and trust.
Mark joined Linfox in 2006, progressing through various senior roles including business unit President positions, before being appointed Linfox Chief Operations Officer ANZ in 2017 and Chief Executive Officer Linfox Logistics ANZ soon after.
Prior to joining Linfox, Mark held senior executive board and management roles with major multi-national companies in the FMCG and retail sectors, including international appointments and responsibilities.
In these roles, Mark delivered significant outcomes in safety, commercial, operations, sales, customer management, marketing and corporate affairs. In recent years, Mark has been keenly focused on driving technology and innovation for logistics in Australia and New Zealand.
Mark studied at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) and Harvard Business School.
Mark is passionate about promoting the broad and fulfilling career paths on offer in the logistics industry, and paving the way for people of diverse ages, gender and culture to build a successful future in logistics.
Mark currently sits on a number of boards, including the Linfox Logistics ANZ Board, Australian Logistics Council (ALC) and Healthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds (HHTS) Foundation Board. He was recently welcomed to the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) College of Business & Law Advisory Board.
Jacob Varghese is the CEO of Maurice Blackburn. He leads our national social justice law firm from our Melbourne head office.
Jacob first joined Maurice Blackburn in 2002, and became CEO in 2017. Before taking on his latest role, Jacob was part of our firm's award-winning class actions team, recognised for their dispute resolution skills. He was also the Principal overseeing our social justice practice and he provided legal input to our litigation funding business, Claims Funding Australia.
Jacob’s achievements include working on four shareholder class actions which each achieved settlements in excess of $100 million for shareholders, and leading the team that achieved Australia’s largest food safety class action settlement. His contribution in the social justice practice includes acting for 109 babies of asylum seekers, which resulted in the babies and their families being given visas and released from detention. Jacob also spearheaded the Federal Court challenge against unfair poker machines.
As CEO, Jacob combines his experience as a top litigator with strategic and lateral approaches to legal matters and his broader view of the political landscape.
Jacob also acknowledges the importance of the firm’s legacy and the role he plays in leading the firm as it continues to grow.
Jacob holds Honours in Laws from the University of Melbourne and was admitted to practice law in 2003. He joined Maurice Blackburn as an articled clerk, leaving several years later to work as a political adviser in Canberra before returning to the firm in 2006.
Michelle is thrilled and humbled to be the CEO of Movember – the leading global men's health charity. Movember has raised over $A 1 billion from a community of more than 5 million supporters, and has delivered and funded over 1200 evidence-based programs to positively change the face of men’s health. Movember is on a mission to step-change men’s mental health – with an emphasis on early intervention and suicide prevention – and understands the power of social connection and encouraging men to take action early in tough times. Movember is also a leading global supporter of enhanced prostate and testicular cancer tests and treatment, and quality of life for survivors. Movember fundraises and supports men’s health programs in more than 20 countries around the world.
Michelle comes to Movember with 20+ years’ experience in leadership roles in international blue-chip organisations including Treasury Wine Estates, EY, Marks & Spencer and Accenture. She has extensive global business experience, having lived and worked in Australia, Asia, the UK and the USA. Michelle is a visionary, creative, caring and authentic leader who drives exceptional results through empowered teams. She is passionate about innovation, positive change, human potential, and health and wellbeing.
Michelle holds a BA Hons in Psychology (UQ), B.Bus (QUT) and an MBA from the University of Melbourne. She is a mum to two young daughters, and likes hiking, wine, travel and socialising.
Joe has had an outstanding career in the construction industry over the past 30-years, both domestically in Australia and internationally in the Asia Pacific and Middle Eastern regions. He was most recently the CEO of Hansen Yuncken.
He spent several years working in Dubai, where he was responsible for a range of development projects with a portfolio value of approximately US$27bn and annual turnover of around US$4bn.
Joe is passionate about fostering career pathways and providing opportunities for employees.
Sally Capp is the first directly-elected female Lord Mayor of the City of Melbourne. She was the first woman to hold the post of Agent-General for Victoria in the UK, Europe and Israel. She has also served as the CEO for the Committee for Melbourne.
Sally began her career as a solicitor, after completing Law (Hons) and Commerce degrees at the University of Melbourne.
Sally has worked in business big and small. Sally has held senior roles at both KPMG and ANZ, and she took the small business she co-founded to the ASX. Most recently she was Victorian Executive Director of the Property Council of Australia.
A passionate Magpie, in 2004 she made history as the first female board member of Collingwood FC. She is involved in a number of charities, currently sitting on the board of the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute, the Mary Jane Lewis Scholarship Foundation and the Melbourne University Faculty of Business and Economics.
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