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Roger Corbett AO, Chairman, Fairfax, 17 March 2015

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Roger Corbett AO, Chairman, Fairfax, addressed a private CEO Boardroom Lunch for 30 senior business executives in an interactive discussion around the “'Unprecedented world events that we face in 2015 – how should Australia respond?”. This lunch was proudly sponsored by Optus.

Globally we face many complex, unprecedented and interrelated challenges. We require new decision making tools and strategies to understand these emerging challenges and develop sophisticated, sustainable solutions. Each country will need to develop appropriate and future orientated solutions at a level of scientific sophistication necessary to survive and thrive. Each country will need to harness geo-spatial information technology for excellence in business and governance.

Roger Corbett has been involved in the retail industry for over 40 years.  Over some 20 years he rose through the various ranks of Grace Bros’ management to subsequently hold the positions of Merchandise Director and Stores Director.

In late 1984 Roger joined the Board of David Jones Australia as Director of Operations.  In 1990 he was appointed to the Board of Woolworths Limited and to the position of Managing Director of BIG W Australia.  Over the next 10 years Roger subsequently, in addition to his new role as Deputy Group Managing Director, held the positions of Managing Director – Retail, Chief Operating Officer and CEO-elect.  On 1 January 1999, Roger was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Woolworths Limited.  He retired as CEO and a Director of Woolworths Limited on 30 September 2006.

In June 2003 Roger was awarded a Member in the Order of Australia (AM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for “service to the retail industry, particularly as a contributor to the development of industry policy and standards, and to the community”.  In June 2008, he was elevated to an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) for “service to business, particularly through leadership and executive roles in the retail sector and a range of allied organisations, and to the community.”

Roger's current Executive and Board responsibilities are:

  • Chairman, Fairfax Media Limited
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Reserve Bank of Australia
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
  • Chairman, Mayne Pharma Group Limited
  • Chairman, Salvation Army Advisory Board, Australian Eastern Territory
  • Member of the Dean’s Advisory Group, Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney
  • Member of the University of New South Wales Australian School of Business Advisory Council

 

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