"Challenges for Directors and Boards Operating Across Borders"
The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) and pressures of Asian integration are forcing more and more businesses to operate not just regionally, but globally. In this cross-border environment, good-practice corporate governance is not simply desirable; it can be the deciding factor in corporate survival. AustCham is pleased to invite members and friends to a special boardroom briefing with John Colvin, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Managing Director of the highly respected Australian Institute of Company Directors (Company Directors). Company Directors is widely regarded as a pre-eminent institution representing company directors and promoting excellence in corporate governance. Thailand's Institute of Directors (IOD) has a license agreement with Company Directors and has modelled its director education program on the Australian Company Directors Course.
As well as being an engaging speaker, John is prominent in legal and business circles in Australia and internationally. He was formerly head of the Sydney office of law firm Freehills, an International Partner from 1990-93 and on the Board from 1987-93. He has been a director and chairman of various companies and has lectured extensively both in Australia and internationally on corporate governance. He will draw from this extensive experience to discuss the challenges for company directors and boards that are increasingly being required to operate in cross-border environments.
John Colvin Chief Executive Officer, Australian Institute of Company Directors
John Colvin is chief executive officer and managing director of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is also chairman of the Global Network of Directors Institutes (GNDI). This is a body representing the institutes of directors around the world and a member of the IIRC Council; a global coalition on integrated reporting.
Prior to joining the Australian Institute of Company Directors, John was the Head of the Sydney office of Freehills and the founding partner of Freehills’ Sydney Employee Relations practice. John was also International Partner from 1990-93 and on the Board from 1987-93. At Freehills, John was well known for his work with chairmen, boards and executives on employee relations issues including corporate governance. He also had extensive experience at Freehills in structuring, drafting and negotiating executive remuneration agreements.
John is a former director and chairman of CanAssist and is now Patron. He was a non-executive director of Sydney Water and AWT. He took leave from Freehills in 1995 to become an Adjunct Professor at the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM) in the University of New South Wales, and also taught part-time at Sydney University’s Law School on several occasions.
John has lectured in Australia and overseas and written extensively on corporate governance and director issues including being a joint author of “Executive Contracts and Appointments and Disappointments” which will be published shortly.
John holds a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) from Sydney University, a Master of Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Master of Arts (Law) from Oxford University. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.