After a long and distinguished career in politics, Helen Coonan has moved into the business world. She recently took up the role of chair of the Supervised Investments Australia board. She tells Industry Moves about what drew her to the role and the skills that she has taken from the cabinet room to the board room. She also gives us a glimpse into her rural upbringing and an inspirational teacher than convinced her that “a little group of country kids could do anything they set their minds to…”
Supervised Investments Australia appoints new Chair
Supervised Investments Australia Ltd has named the honourable Helen Coonan as Chair for its board.
Fund Manager Supervised Investments Australia today announced the appointment of former Senator the Hon. Helen Coonan as Chair of the board.
Ms Coonan is a former Cabinet Minister and Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate; she was the Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer with portfolio supervision of the Australian Tax Office and APRA. As Minister for Communications she was also a shareholder Minister in Telstra and Australia Post.
Ms Coonan has broad spectrum industry experience in financial and professional services, energy and telecommunications
In welcoming Ms Coonan to the board the current Chairman, David Constable said the appointment of Helen to the board would bring “new energy and a broad skill set” to the company, adding that Ms Coonan would help drive the company’s vision. “Helen joins us at an exciting time, with growth afoot as we work towards realising the expanding potential of our business,” he said.
Ms Coonan said the appointment was a great opportunity to oversee a dynamic and growing business. “I look forward to helping the company with its strategic direction and vision for growth”, she said.
Ms Coonan also sits on the boards of Crown Resorts, Snowy Hydro, Sydney Opera House, and JP Morgan Advisory Council. She is the Chair of Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority and an advisor to Aon Risk Insurance and Samsung.
Date: 9 September 2016
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