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Celebrating its 8th year, the Corporate Affairs Summit is the most senior and significant gathering of Corporate Affairs and Communication executives in Australia.
Consumers, technology, populations, and politics are moving on a global scale, upsetting staid, traditional methods and creating new exciting opportunities for influence.
Designing robust, agile strategy in the face of heightened responsibility and transparency is becoming an essential priority for decision makers determined to navigate this dynamic environment.
Gathering the nation’s leading corporate affairs and communication strategists, CAS is the ideal annual discussion to uncover the imperatives for exemplary practice in a changing world.
This event features an ambitious, case-study driven agenda with over 40 frontline perspectives from the highest levels of corporate affairs and communication in Australia. In a closed, invitation-only format, delegates will benefit by interacting and learning directly from some of the world’s foremost companies and the corporate strategists behind them
// 6+ keynotes
// 2 Powerful days
// Executive learning agenda
// 35+ industry speakers
// 250+ executives
// 5 Star networking environment
Vice President Global Communications & Chief Communications Officer
Nissan Motor Corp (JPN)
Group Executive, Corporate Relations
Rio Tinto (UK)
General Manager, Public Affairs
Chevron Corporation (USA)
Dave Samson is general manager of Public Affairs for Chevron Corporation, a position he has held since 2004. His team is responsible for Chevron’s communications strategies and activities, including digital/social engagement, media relations, employee engagement, executive communications, issues management and litigation communications. Dave’s team is also responsible for corporate branding, advertising, research and analytics. Dave joined Chevron from Oracle Corporation where he was vice president of International Public Relations and Executive Communications.
Prior to joining Oracle, Dave was a partner at Ketchum Public Relations, where he oversaw the agency’s San Francisco/Bay Area operations and six practices: Brand, Corporate, Healthcare, Food and Nutrition, Technology and Workplace. While at Ketchum, Dave provided counsel to a range of clients in the financial services, biotech and medical device industries.
Earlier in his career, Dave was vice president of Global Communications at Levi Strauss & Co., where he oversaw worldwide communications. He also worked at IBM as the director of International Communications and was IBM’s first head of communications for IBM Global Services. Previously, Dave was senior manager of Investor and Corporate Relations for the Manville Corporation. Dave began his career at MGA Communications, a Denver-based public relations firm. Dave is chairman of the Arthur W. Page Society, a professional association for senior public relations and corporate communications executives.
He is an Advisory Board Member for the Annenberg School of Journalism at USC and past chairman of the General Committee on Communications for the American Petroleum Institute. Dave holds a B.A. in Journalism from Colorado State University and an M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix.
Global Lead, Global Public Policy
Regional Corporate Affairs Director
HEINEKEN Asia Pacific (SGP)
Vice President, Corporate Affairs
Head of Corporate and External Relations
Margaret heads Corporate and External Relations for Nestlé Oceania, where she has responsibility for communications and public affairs across Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Fiji and the Pacific. In this role, Margaret manages issues shaping Nestlé’s operating environment in areas as diverse as nutrition, human rights, environmental sustainability, water and rural development, while working across a broad portfolio of iconic food and beverage brands. She has over 20 years corporate affairs experience in the healthcare, food and agribusiness sectors, working in both consulting and in-house roles in Australia and New Zealand, including senior roles in Novartis, Syngenta and Schering-Plough.
Executive General Manager, Corporate Affairs & People
Chris Blake joined Australia Post in July 2010 and is the Executive General Manager Group Services. He is responsible for leading strategy, cultural change, innovation, internal and external communications, Human Resources, Government and Regulatory Affairs and stakeholder management.
Prior to joining Australia Post, Chris worked in senior executive roles at the National Australia Bank (NAB) including the Executive General Manager People and Organisational Development and the Executive General Manager, Business Strategy & People for NAB’s Global Wholesale Banking Division, where he led the development of a new global business strategy for the wholesale bank following the Global Financial Crisis.
Chris has a wealth of experience in overseeing complex organisation-wide change following his work in senior roles in banking and with PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he was partner for 10 years. Chris also served as a Member of the Prime Minister’s Advisory Group on the Reform of Australian Government Administration, is a past Chairman of the Brain Research Institute, a Director of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue and a member of the advisory boards of the High Resolves Institute, the 100% Project and the APS Strategic Centre for Leadership, Learning and Development.
Andrew J. Parker|
Group Executive Government, Industry and International Affairs
Qantas Airways Limited
Executive General Manager – Public Affairs
Australian Energy Market Operator
Executive General Manager Stakeholder Relations
Vice President Government Relations & Public Policy
General Motors International (SGP)
Head of Communications and Community Relations
Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation
As General Manager of ANSTO Communications and Community Relations, Cassandra oversees reputation management and community engagement for the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO).
As a strategic communications specialist, with over 25 years’ experience, Cassandra has worked across a wide range of industry sectors. Prior to moving into government, the lion’s share of her experience was with multi-national companies that include Kimberly-Clark; Vodafone, Coca-Cola Nokia; Lend Lease; Lever Rexona; Johnson & Johnson; Roche, and Glaxo SmithKline. Cassandra has also worked within the Cancer Council NSW and in the Australian university sector. Throughout her career, Cassandra has forged a reputation for providing trusted, strategic counsel.
Cassandra is currently an expert advisor to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on educational outreach programs for developing countries and presents regularly at international forums on improving public understanding of nuclear science and technology.
Executive General Manager, Customer & Corporate Affairs
General Manager, Group Corporate Affairs & Communications
General Manager Corporate Affairs and Relationships
News Corp Australia
Director of Corporate Affairs and Marketing
Alibaba Group ANZ
General Manager of Public Policy & Strategy
Maurice Blackburn Lawyers
Ben Hubbard is General Manager of Public Policy and Strategy at Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, Australia’s leading social justice law firm. He provides leadership across public policy, public affairs, stakeholder strategy, innovation and whole of firm commercial strategy.
Ben was Chief of Staff to Australia’s twenty seventh Prime Minister, the Honourable Julia Gillard MP from 2011-2013. Prior to that, he was Chief Executive Officer of the Victoria Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority, the Government agency that coordinated the recovery of communities affected by the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires.
Ben has served in senior Government and Parliamentary advisory roles including Chief of Staff to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (2007-09) and Principal Adviser to the Victorian Premier (1999-2002 and 2004- 2007).
Ben holds a Bachelor of Commerce in economics and a Masters of Public Policy and Management from the University of Melbourne.
He is a Victorian Councillor for the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Institute, a member of the University of Melbourne School of Government Advisory Board and is a Director of YMCA Victoria, YMCA Australia and of the Clifton Hill / North Fitzroy Community Bank.
Head of Communications
Andrew Holden has been the Head of Communications for Cricket Australia for 12 months. His first year on the “dark side” has included the Phillip Hughes inquest, the men’s Test defeats in Perth & Hobart and the resignation of Rod Marsh as Chairman of Selectors, speculation over new broadcasting rights deals and commercial partnerships, and the pay dispute with players. He was warned that cricket is an “issues rich” environment!
Prior to CA, Andrew was Editor-in-Chief of The Age from July 2012 to February 2016. The masthead underwent dramatic changes during his tenure, including the conversion of all print editions from broadsheet to compact size, significant developments in digital journalism, and a restructure of the organisation, all against a background of staff reductions and changing technologies.
Andrew has more than 30 years’ experience in journalism, from daily newspapers to community titles and magazines in three countries. Prior to The Age he was editor of The Press in Christchurch for four and a half years, which included the major earthquakes which devastated the city.
General Manger Marketing & Corporate Affairs
Ken has more than 15 years experience in the pharmaceutical and health sectors in Europe and ANZ. In 2016 Ken accepted a new challenge at the iconic Linfox. Bringing his 15 years of marketing, corporate affairs and government affairs experience to the newly created role of GM Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Ken is leading the organisation as it positions itself in the Asia Pacific region during a period of significant disruption.
Vice President, Public Policy
Head of Government Affairs and Public Policy
Adam has been an adviser to Cabinet Ministers in the Federal and Victorian Government. In 1993 he founded the national public affairs firm CPR and was Executive Chairman until 2010. He has also been a Managing Director of ASX listed Photon Group which when he was involved was one of the largest marketing and communications companies in the world. He was a founding non-executive director of The Climate Institute and a former Chairman of the Racehorse Trainers Association. Adam is a regular commentator on politics and public affairs in the national media.
Salt & Shein
As the architects and engineers of stakeholder engagement, Corporate Affairs leaders are accountable for the external portrayal and internal perception of their organisations. Leaders who work effectively across the C-Suite are leveraging this vision to impact organisation-wide strategy. What are progressive strategies for ensuring the entire C-Suite adopts and executes the corporate narrative? What are the key strategic gateways to impacting the boardroom? How can leaders hone internal communications for transparency, consistency and authenticity across all platforms? What tools and metrics allow executives to enhance the performance and accountability of their teams and external support?
Matured social media platforms are reforming corporate communication—each voice is amplified, and conversation is decentralised. Corporate Affairs executives are continuously refining their strategies for distinction from congested competition. How can influencers produce compelling, cut-through content? Can leaders build personalisation into a strategy that resonates with all stakeholders? How are Corporate Affairs executives guiding the C-Suite on public-facing platforms to turn vulnerability into competitive advantage? Do the core principles of communication need revisiting amid unprecedented transparency?
Corporate Affairs executives now navigate climates embroiled by heightened transparency. Leaders who tactfully engage government stakeholders are relieving regulatory pressure and capturing immense value for their organisations. How are executives managing transparency to successfully influence regulatory decisions and government policy? How can leading influencers build a sustained dialogue with government and regulators? What factors can make government relations strategy more versatile and incisive? Is the volatile nature of government making it harder to find a champion of a cause?
As companies grow and evolve, they encounter abrupt, arresting change. Executives with clear vision are converting market obstacles into opportunities for organisation-wide renewal. What role do Corporate Affairs executives play in forging new corporate identities? When do leaders know renewal is required, and how can it be pursued? How are organisation-wide consultations informing what to cut from a company, what to keep, what to add and how each aspect fits together? What metrics can strategists use to measure the reputation of new brand realities?
Managing escalating crises and restoring business confidence are hallmarks of Corporate Affairs. When reputation is everything and risk is ubiquitous, each decision proves critical. How are leaders reconceiving crisis management to moderate daily reputational risks? From information asymmetry to gauging the severity and scalability of a developing incident, what processes are strategists adopting to read and respond to crisis indicators? Incident response plans are vital, but they are never enough—how can leaders help the C-Suite grow as communicators and build adaptability and fluency into communications strategy? What can help leaders find an authentic corporate voice?
Consumers gravitate towards discernible corporate social responsibility. With transparent, two-way communication channels empowering consumers to mobilise en masse, there is a pressing demand for executives to champion stakeholder activism. Outspoken and engaged, or deliberately reserved, how are executives deciding when to enter social debate? How can leaders repair community relations and regain the respect of valued stakeholders after misreading the social agenda? How are strategists weaving social responsibility throughout the corporate narrative? What more can Corporate Affairs executives do in leading CSR initiatives? Can leaders direct where accountability falls in the public’s eyes?
The fabric of interaction is fundamentally changing. In a discordant socio-political climate, cynicism and connectivity are abundant fuel for tribalism in discourse, availing consumers of their collective desire to incite outrage. Against this backdrop, artificial intelligence continues to intrude on industry, creating new possibilities and exposing old vulnerabilities. What are the factors disrupting decision making norms and how have are they being turned to an advantage? How much of advocacy should be artificial? Can Corporate Affairs executives maintain a dynamic and transformative role in modern business? What does the future hold for the Corporate Affairs function, and how can the function future-proof corporations?
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Celebrating its 8th year, the Corporate Affairs Summit is unparalleled in the level of delegates and speakers it attracts.
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|Packages||Early Bird Price Per Delegate (ends 23 March)||Standard Price Per Delegate (from 24 March)|
|Corporate Affairs/Communication: 1-2 Delegates||$1800 + GST||$2200 + GST|
|Corporate Affairs/Communication: 3-5 Delegates||$1620 + GST||$1980 + GST|
|Corporate Affairs/Communication: 6-9 Delegates||$1440 + GST||$1760 + GST|
|Corporate Affairs/Communication: 10+ Delegates||$1260 + GST||$1540 + GST|
|Service Provider* (Limit – 1 delegate)||$3630 + GST||$3630 + GST|
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