CEO Succession: The Search for Executive Talent
RACV City Club
501 Bourke Street Melbourne
Corporate accountability remains an ongoing focus of public and political commentary. The development, recruitment and remuneration of executive talent is therefore of renewed importance, as business leaders grapple with the prospect of sharper scrutiny and a tighter regulatory landscape following the Financial Services Royal Commission.
This industry forum, convened with support from the Australian Institute of Company Directors, provides a timely opportunity to set the tone on a matter of crucial importance for boards across Australia, engaging with senior executives, board members and future leaders in business and the non-profit sector alike.
The discussion will be followed by an opportunity to network with established and emerging business leaders, as well as engaging with senior faculty at the Melbourne Centre for Corporate Governance and Regulation.
Ms Glenice Maclellan, Australian Managing Partner
Ms Glenice Maclellan
Australian Managing Partner
Glenice Maclellan leads Egon Zehnder's Australian Practice. She draws on deep multinational experience when advising companies in the services and consumer sectors. Based in Sydney, Glenice guides CEO, senior executive, and Non Executive Director appointments. She is active in Egon Zehnder's Consumer, Technology and Communications, and Chief Marketing Officers practices. Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Glenice headed up the Consumer Division of Telstra. Previously, she was Vice President of Wireless Messaging with AT&T Wireless in Seattle, and the Chief Marketing Officer at Eurotel, the lead mobile operator in the Czech Republic. Glenice began her career in marketing at Procter & Gamble in Australia and New Zealand. She has also served on the board of CSL New World Mobility Group, a leading Hong Kong mobile operator. Glenice has a Bachelor of Business with distinction from the University of Technology in Sydney. In 2007, she was named Young Executive of the Year by The Australian Financial Review. In 2009, she was recognized as one of the world's leading telecommunications executives under 40 by Global Telecoms Business magazine.
Ms Louise Davidson, Chief Executive Officer
Ms Louise Davidson
Chief Executive Officer
Australian Council of Superannuation Investors
Louise is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors (ACSI). ACSI is a collaboration of Australian and international superannuation funds that collectively manage more than $2.2 trillion in assets. ACSI’s objective is to improve the environmental, social and governance performance of the companies in which our members invest. Appointed CEO in April 2015, Louise has more than 20 years senior expertise in the financial services and superannuation industry. She joined ACSI from Cbus, where, as Investment Manager, ESG, she was responsible for the integration of ESG issues within Cbus’ investment processes. In 2015 Louise was named Victoria’s Local Hero in the Australian of the Year Awards for her work as the cofounder and National Chair of the Mother’s Day Classic Walk/Run for Breast Cancer Research. Established in 1998, this ongoing national event has raised over $33m for breast cancer research. Louise is a Director of the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and a Director of the Board of the International Integrated Reporting initiative.
Ms Paula Dwyer, Chairman
Ms Paula Dwyer
Healthscope Limited and Tabcorp
Ms Paula Dwyer is Chairman of Healthscope Limited, Chairman Tabcorp Holdings Ltd and a Director of Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited and Lion Pty Ltd. She is also a Member of the Kirin Holdings International Advisory Board. Ms Dwyer was formerly the Deputy Chairman of Leighton Holdings Limited, and a Director of Suncorp Group Limited, Foster's Group Limited, David Jones Limited, Astro Japan Property Group Limited. She is a former member of the ASIC External Advisory Panel, the Victorian Casino and Gaming Authority, and of the Victorian Gaming Commission from 1993 to 1995. Ms Dwyer had an executive career in finance holding senior positions in investment management, investment banking and chartered accounting with Ord Minnett (now JP Morgan) and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Ms Dwyer is a member of the Takeovers Panel.
Mr Leigh Clifford, Chairman
Mr Leigh Clifford
Mr Leigh Clifford was appointed to the Qantas Board in August 2007 and as Chairman in November 2007. Mr Clifford is a Director of Bechtel Group Inc and Chairman of Bechtel Australia Pty Ltd, and the National Gallery of Victoria Foundation. He is a Senior Adviser to Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co, a Director of Crestone Wealth Management, a Member of the Council of Trustees of the National Gallery of Victoria and a Board Member of Equestrian Australia. Mr Clifford was previously a Director of Barclays Bank plc and FreeportMcMoRan Inc. Mr Clifford was Chief Executive of Rio Tinto from 2000 to 2007. He retired from the Board of Rio Tinto in 2007. His executive and board career with Rio Tinto spanned some 37 years, in Australia and overseas. A qualified mining engineer, he graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Engineering with first class honours and a Masters Degree in Engineering Science.
Professor Margaret Abernethy, Sir Douglas Copland Chair of Commerce & Director, Melbourne Centre for Corporate Governance and Regulation
Professor Margaret Abernethy
Sir Douglas Copland Chair of Commerce & Director, Melbourne Centre for Corporate Governance and Regulation
University of Melbourne
Professor Margaret Abernethy holds the Sir Douglas Copland Chair of Commerce, Chair of Managerial Accounting; and is Director of the Melbourne Centre for Corporate Governance and Regulation (MCCGR). A leading researcher in cost accounting, budgeting, performance management and corporate governance, Professor Abernethy has received in excess of $3 million in competitive research grants, provided expert advice to both the public and private sector, as well as serving on a number of boards. Prior to returning to the Department of Accounting in mid2012, Professor Abernethy served as Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics for over eight years, during which she was instrumental in the implementation of the Melbourne Model, designed and commissioned a new $128m building; and built the reputation and standing of the Faculty as the leading business and economics school in the region. She was awarded the Telstra Business Woman of the Year (Government and Community) in 2008 for her outstanding contribution to higher education, and was inducted to the Australian Accounting Hall of Fame in 2018. Professor Abernethy is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Science.
Professor Ian Gow, Director
Professor Ian Gow
Melbourne Centre for Corporate Governance and Regulation (MCCGR)
Professor Gow joined the University of Melbourne as director of the Melbourne Centre for Corporate Governance and Regulation in July 2017. Professor Gow has served on the faculties of Harvard Business School, where he taught in the MBA, doctoral, and executive education programs, and Kellogg School of Management. Professor Gow's research examines a wide range of topics in corporate governance, including governance ratings, executive compensation, and the impact of activist investors. He received a PhD in Business from Stanford University, an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School, and Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws degrees from UNSW. Prior to entering academia, Professor Gow worked at Morgan Stanley, General Motors, Stern Stewart, and Andersen Consulting.