Changes to the Qantas Board

Sydney | Published on 29th August 2013 at 8:58

The Chairman of Qantas, Mr Leigh Clifford, today announced the appointment of two Non-Executive Directors to the Board of Qantas Airways Limited.

Maxine Brenner and Jacqueline Hey will each fill casual Non-Executive Director vacancies on the Qantas Board, with immediate effect.

Mr Clifford said: “My fellow Directors and I are pleased to welcome Maxine and Jacqueline to the Qantas Board.

The diverse business skills and experience of both individuals, including in the areas of corporate advisory, law and marketing, will complement the Board’s existing experience and corporate skill.”

Ms Brenner is a Managing Director of Investment Banking at Investec Bank (Australia) Limited. She has extensive experience in corporate advisory work, particularly in relation to mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructures and general corporate activity.

She is a Director of Orica Limited, Growthpoint Properties Australia Limited and the State Library of NSW Foundation. She is also a Member of the Advisory Panel of the Centre for Social Impact at the University of New South Wales.

Previously Ms Brenner was the Deputy Chairman of Federal Airports Corporation and a Director of Neverfail Springwater Limited, Bulmer Australia Limited and Treasury Corporation of NSW. She also served as a Member of the Australian Government’s Takeovers Panel.

Earlier, she practised as a lawyer with Freehills and was a law lecturer at the Universities of New South Wales and Sydney. Ms Brenner holds a Bachelor of Laws from The University of Sydney.

Ms Hey is a Director of Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Limited and is Chairman of its Change & Technology Committee and is a Member of its Audit and Risk Committees. She is also a Director of the Australian Foundation Investment Company Limited, Special Broadcasting Service and Cricket Australia. Ms Hey is the Honorary Consul for Sweden in Victoria.

Between 2004 and 2010, Ms Hey was the Managing Director of various Ericsson entities in Australia and New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Ireland and the Middle East. Her executive career with Ericsson spanned for more than 20 years in which she held finance, marketing, sales and leadership roles.

Ms Hey holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne and a Graduate Certificate in Business from Southern Cross University.

Mr Clifford also announced that Patricia Cross would retire as a Director of Qantas at the conclusion of Qantas’ 2013 Annual General Meeting. Mrs Cross was appointed to the Qantas Board in January 2004 and will retire in October having served a full term on the Board.

Mr Clifford said, “Patricia Cross has made a considerable contribution to the Qantas Board since joining in 2004 and also whilst she chaired the Qantas Superannuation Board from 2002 to 2005.

Patricia has brought great experience and judgement as a Director and I thank her for her contribution.”