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Brian Schwartz AM, Chairman, IAG, 14 September 2010


Brian Schwartz addressed a CEO Boardroom event for 20 senior business executives where he discussed “Perspectives on Leadership”. This CEO boardroom event was generously hosted by Ernst & Young and Optus Business.

There are few Australians who are better placed to discuss the elements of good leadership than Brian Schwartz AM who has held a number of senior executive and non-executive business and community roles.

Brian has recently been appointed Chairman of IAG which has a portfolio of general insurance businesses, including NRMA Insurance, CGU, SGIO, SGIC and Swann Insurance, underwrites around $7.8 billion of insurance premiums each year, and employs approximately 13,500 people.

Brian is a non-executive Director of Brambles Limited, Westfield Group and is a consultant to Investec Bank (Australia) Ltd. He is also the Deputy Chairman of the board of Football Federation Australia Limited.

Brian was the chief executive of Investec Bank (Australia) Ltd from 2005 to 2009. Previously, he was with Ernst & Young Australia from 1979 to 2004 becoming its chief executive in 1998. He was a member of Ernst & Young's global board and managing partner of the Oceania region.

Brian was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2004 for his services to business and the community. He was previously a member of the Federal Government’s Australian Multicultural Advisory Council and in 2001 he was named Leading CEO for the Advancement of Women by the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency.

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