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Announcement of Australian Institute of Company Directors' new CEO

11 July 2014 

On behalf of the National Board of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, I am very pleased to inform you that John Brogden AM MAICD has been appointed as our new Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director.

John, who will take up the role early next year, succeeds John Colvin FAICD after his six outstanding years at the helm of our Institute.

The responsibility of appointing the next leader of Company Directors has demanded and received the most rigorous and professional recruitment process.

It has produced an exceptional result in John Brogden, who brings a wealth and diversity of experience as an executive, director and chairman in the commercial and the not-for-profit sectors, and as an outstanding business leader.

We are very pleased that he has agreed to join us to lead the Institute into the next phase of its growth.

In appointing John we will, I am sure, build on the success achieved by John Colvin, whose leadership has produced six years of continuous growth against every key measure to the considerable benefit of our members and, through you, our society.

I would like to thank board members for their important role in choosing our next CEO, and particularly Elizabeth Proust AO FAICD and Anne O'Donnell FAICD, who have led the selection process with great wisdom and dedication.

John has told me that he is excited to have the opportunity to lead one of Australia's leading business organisations.

He believes that the quality of governance and the leadership of company directors and boards continue to be critical to development of Australia's economy and society and that the Institute has a vital role to play in ensuring quality laws, principles and practices, as well as public and stakeholder awareness of good governance.

John Brogden has had an outstanding career as a political, business and community leader, and as a contributor to the wider Australian society.

He is currently the CEO of the Financial Services Council (FSC), which represents Australia's retail and wholesale funds management businesses, superannuation funds, life insurers, financial advisory networks, trustee companies and public trustees.

John was previously CEO of health insurer Manchester Unity, which he successfully merged with HCF in 2008. From 2006 to 2009, he was the Chairman of Abacus Australian Mutuals, the body representing Australia's credit unions and building societies.

John is the currently Chairman of Lifeline Australia, UrbanGrowth NSW, Furlough House Retirement Village and The Broken Bay Institute. He is a Director of NIA Limited ( and a member of the NAB Advisory Council for Corporate Responsibility.

He is also the Patron of Kookaburra Kids, Sailability Pittwater, Bilgola Surf Lifesaving Club and Avalon Beach Surf Lifesaving Club.

From 1996 to 2005 John was the Member for Pittwater in the NSW Parliament. In 2002, at the age of 33, he became Leader of the Opposition - the youngest person ever to hold the role and to lead a major political party in Australia.

He holds a Master of Public Affairs from the University of Sydney.

John is a Member of the Order of Australia (AM), recognising his significant service to the community through representational roles with social welfare organisations, particularly Lifeline, to the business and financial sectors and to the Parliament of New South Wales.

We are fortunate to have secured a leader of John's experience and standing and I am sure you will make him feel welcome once he arrives.

Michael Smith FAICD

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