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Corporate Affairs executives are mapping uncharted waters. As the tides of consumer sentiment change, and with technology and politics locked in a pattern of upheaval, new opportunities for influence are erupting on the world stage.
Uniting the nation’s premier Corporate Affairs and Communication executives, the 9th Annual Corporate Affairs Summit is the ideal forum 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.
// 12 Keynotes
// 2 Powerful days
// Executive learning agenda
// 35+ Industry speakers
// 300+ Executives
// 5 Star networking environment
President, External Affairs & General Counsel
Philip Morris International (USA)
Mr. Firestone became President, External Affairs and General Counsel in January 2018. Mr. Firestone held positions from 1988 to 2003 in the law departments of Philip Morris Companies Inc. and Philip Morris International Inc. Mr. Firestone is cofounder and chairman of the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession; adjunct professor of law at New York Law School; a frequent speaker on international antitrust law, diversity, and in-house legal practice; and a recipient of the Director’s Roundtable Distinguished General Counsel award. From 2012 until his current appointment, Mr. Firestone served as PMI’s Senior Vice President and General Counsel. Mr. Firestone was previously Executive Vice President, Corporate and Legal Affairs and General Counsel of Kraft Foods Inc., where he served since 2003. Mr. Firestone began his legal career as an attorney at Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C. He received a BA, magna cum laude, in romance languages and philosophy from Washington & Lee University and a JD, magna cum laude, from Tulane University School of Law.
Global Chief Communications and Public Affairs Officer
Yum! Brands (USA)
Chief Communications Officer and Senior Vice President, Communications
Fmr Chief Executive Officer
Vote Leave (UK)
Matthew Elliott was Chief Executive of the successful Vote Leave campaign in the referendum on Britain’s membership in the European Union in 2016. Matthew has been described by the Financial Times as “one of the most formidable political strategists in Westminster,” by the New Statesman as “one of the most successful – and feared – campaigners in British politics” and by the BBC as “one of the most effective lobbyists at Westminster”. The New European described him as “an unsung titan of the Brexit cause.” Previously, he led the successful NOtoAV campaign in the 2011 referendum on changing Britain’s voting system, and he also founded the UK’s TaxPayers’ Alliance and Business for Britain. Alongside other commitments, he is now Editor-at-Large of BrexitCentral and the Senior Political Adviser to Shore Capital. He has written four books, numerous op-eds, appears regularly on TV and radio, and is a frequent speaker both in the UK and overseas.
Alliance Global Vice President, Communications
Jonathan Adashek is Alliance Global Vice President, Communications. In this role he is responsible for communicating the strategy and managing the reputation of the Alliance including internal communications, social media, events and sponsorships. He is in charge of coordinating and creating synergies between the three communications functions of Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors in order to improve efficiency. He also oversees communications for Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Alliance, and other senior executives. Mr. Adashek joined Nissan Motor Corporation, Ltd. in 2015 as Vice President, Global Communications and Chief Communications Officer – Responsible for Nissan, Datsun and Infiniti communications, he was based in Yokohama, Japan. He spent the first part of his career working in government and political roles: from 2002 to 2004 he was the Director of the National Delegate Strategy for U.S. presidential candidate John Kerry. Before that he served in the Clinton Administration at the White House and in the U.S. Treasury Department. From 2005 to 2012, Mr. Adashek was an Executive Vice President and Global Client Relationships Manager at Edelman, where he worked with clients such as Starbucks, Walmart and the government of the United Arab Emirates. From 2012 to 2015 Mr. Adashek was General Manager in charge of communications strategy in the office of the Chief Operating Officer at Microsoft. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. An U.S. native, Mr. Adashek is based in Boulogne-Billancourt, France.
Vice President and Head of Innovation
VICE Media (UK)
Mark Adams is Vice President and Head of Innovation at VICE, which has come from humble beginnings as a print magazine to digitally transform into a 5 billion dollar youth media empire. Mark’s sessions are a raw, honest and often humorous look at the state of modern marketing. Mark argues passionately that we need to rediscover authentic brand strategy if we are to cut through and grow market share with the elusive millennial audience.
Executive General Manager, Corporate Affairs
Naomi joined Wesfarmers as Executive General Manager, Corporate Affairs in August 2018. Before Wesfarmers, Naomi worked for Deutsche Bank for 20 years in public sector mergers and acquisitions, equity capital markets and business management. In 2013, she was appointed the Bank’s head of Global Transaction Banking for Australia and New Zealand, responsible for the delivery of commercial banking services to local clients. In 2016, she assumed additional responsibilities, leading the Bank’s Trust and Agency business across seven Asian markets. Naomi holds honours degrees in Economic History and Law from the Australian National University and a Masters of Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F Kennedy School of Government. In early 2018, she was recognised by The Asset as the Australian Custodian Banker of the Year. Noami currently serves on the Council of the Australian National University where she is the Pro Chancellor.
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
Rod Sims was appointed Chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in August 2011 for a five year term and reappointed for a further three years in August 2016. Rod has extensive business and public sector experience. Immediately prior to his appointment to the ACCC, he was the Chairman of the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal of New South Wales, Commissioner on the National Competition Council, Chairman of InfraCo Asia, Director of Ingeus Limited, and member of the Research and Policy Council of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia. Rod was also a Director of Port Jackson’s Partners Limited where he advised the CEOs and Boards of some of Australia’s top 50 companies on commercial corporate strategy over many years. Rod relinquished all of these roles on becoming Chair of the ACCC. Rod is also a past Chairman of the NSW Rail Infrastructure Corporation and the State Rail Authority and has been a Director of a number of private sector companies. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, Rod worked as the Deputy Secretary in the Commonwealth Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet responsible for economic, infrastructure and social policy and the Cabinet Office. He also worked as Deputy Secretary in the Department of Transport and Communications. Rod Sims holds a first class honours degree in Commerce from the University of Melbourne and a Master of Economics from the Australian National University.
Executive General Manager Public Affairs
Group Executive - Corporate Affairs, Policy and Government Relations
News Corp Australia, Foxtel and FOX SPORTS
Campbell Reid is responsible for corporate affairs, policy and government relations teams across News Corp Australia’s publishing and broadcast assets. In his role, he brings a whole-of-company approach to corporate communications, reputation management and community engagement. Previously, Campbell was director of editorial management and group editorial director for more than 10 years, overseeing News’ editorial publications and their development in Australia. He is a former editor of The Australian and The Daily Telegraph. His other senior roles have included general manager of News Queensland, New York Bureau chief and editor-in-charge of News’ 1996 Atlanta Olympics Games coverage.
Director Regulatory Affairs
Nine Entertainment Co.
Clare Gill is the Director of Regulatory Affairs for Nine Entertainment. In this role Clare is responsible for Nine’s engagement with Government and Regulators on matters of media policy and regulation. Prior to Nine Clare was Head of Government and Corporate Affairs for Optus. Clare has also held senior public affairs roles at SunRice, Ericsson and NICTA. Clare started her career in Victorian politics before moving to the corporate world where she has spent the last 20 years dealing with the promotion and regulation of advancements in technology. Clare holds a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, Post Graduate Diploma in Commerce and a Post Graduate Diploma in Media and Communication.
General Manager, Corporate Responsibility
Kylie Macfarlane is a financial services professional with over 20 years’ experience in the banking and wealth management industries. Kylie’s extensive experience has been accumulated through working for leading Australian financial services organisations, including the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, its subsidiary Colonial First State, AMP Limited and Bankers Trust. As General Manager, Corporate Responsibility Kylie is responsible for leading the advice, governance and stakeholder engagement required to execute the Commonwealth Bank’s corporate responsibility and community affairs strategies. Kylie is a Trustee Director of the Commonwealth Bank’s employer superannuation fund, Group Super, a member of its Investment and Nominations Committees, Board Member of CommBank Foundation and Chair of the Bank’s Indigenous Advisory Council. Outside of work Kylie is the mother of four and a half year old twins, Jasper and Aurora, is an avid lover of art and a fan of long hikes having completed Kokoda, Mt Kilimanjaro and the Overland Track in recent years.
Head of Government Relations & Industry Affairs
Christian Bennett has 25 years experience in senior government-related roles, across both private and public sectors. Christian joined Woolworths Group in November 2017. Previously, he has led government relations efforts for General Electric Inc across S E Asia, Australia and New Zealand, for BHP Billiton Ltd and was Group Executive of Public Affairs at Santos Ltd. In government, Christian spent 14 years in Australia’s diplomatic service, including postings in southern Africa, Asia and the United States and secondments into the Office of the Foreign Minister and the Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet. Christian holds B.LLB (Hons), B.Comm and MBA degrees from the University of Melbourne.
Group Executive Corporate Affairs
A member of Nufarm’s Global Leadership Team, Megan has accountability for driving Nufarm’s approch to building and protecting the company’s reputation. Her role incorporates brand strategy and execution, corporate communication, employee engagement, community relations and government and industry relations. With operations in Europe, LATAM, North America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Nufarm is focused on delivering a globally integrated corporate affairs program that communicates value to customers, governments and employees around the world.
General Manager, Corporate Affairs and Communications
Australian Electoral Commission
Tom graduated from the Royal Military College (RMC) Duntroon in 1983 and served in the Australian Defence Force Academy, Senior Instructor in Leadership at RMC Duntroon, and Commander of a United Nations observer mission. After he left the Australian Army in 2000, Tom worked for Raytheon Australia, as a senior project manager and led the team that delivered the Sydney Olympics’ major preparedness and readiness activity. Tom was the Director of Programs and then Executive Director at the Australian Institute of Police Management (AIPM), which is administered by the Australian Federal Police to deliver highly respected executive development programs for leaders and future leaders of Australasian police and other public safety organisations. Tom was appointed the Australian Electoral Commissioner in 2014, having previously filled roles as the Deputy Electoral Commissioner and the Australian Electoral Commission’s state manager (and Australian Electoral Officer) for NSW.
General Manager, Government and External Affairs
Peter Metcalfe is General Manager Government and External Relations at Woodside Energy Limited, having joined the company in June 2017. In this role he is responsible for Woodside’s engagements with governments, the media, and corporate reporting. Previously he was Director of Upstream External Affairs for BP Australia, working at BP for 16 years. He is currently a Board Director at CO:3, the Western Australian Contemporary Dance Company. He is a former member of Curtin University’s Animal Ethic Committee (2016-18); Chairman of the Deckchair Theatre Company (2004-6); and Chairman of the Perth Zoological Parks Authority (the Board of Perth Zoo) (2005-11). Peter grew up in the United Kingdom and studied Politics and Parliamentary Studies at the University of Leeds. He moved to Western Australia in 2001.
Executive Director, Public Affairs
NSW Police Force
Head of Public and Government Affairs, ANZ
Richard Dickmann grew up in rural Victoria, near Simpson in Southern Victoria. From his roots on a dairy farm, he now works at Bayer CropScience Australia as the Head of New Business Development. He has his dream job, which delivers real value to Australian farmers and communities. From his dairy farm he has now lived in six countries: France, Singapore, Japan, China, Germany, and back to Australia.
Vice President, Brand & Communications
Joanne is the VP, Communications for GE in Australia, New Zealand & PNG where she is responsible for driving the GE brand and reputation across its suite of businesses including Aviation, Power, Digital, Oil & Gas, Healthcare and Transportation. She leads a team of communicators to tell powerful stories of transformation, innovation and technology, overseeing the multi-channel strategy across brand, PR, digital, thought leadership and culture communications. Joanne is the trusted advisor to the CEO and executive team on all matters related to reputation, communication and issues management. In 2016, Joanne was selected along with ten others globally to sit on the GE Global New Directions team to provide direct counsel to the then Vice Chairman, John Rice, on the transformation of the company. Joanne is also the co-curator and speaker coach for TEDxMelbourne. Prior to joining GE, Joanne held senior leadership positions across other leading multinational companies in Australia.
Vice President Corporate Affairs
Paul Evans joined Orica Ltd in early 2016 and is Group Vice President – Corporate Affairs covering reputation, corporate brand, media, internal communications, government, sustainability, community and fixing problems. This follows a diverse career including Chief Executive Officer at the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia and Director of Government, Regulation and Community Affairs at Lion Nathan National Foods. Prior to entering the private sector, Paul held senior Federal departmental and government positions within the Defence portfolio including Principal Adviser to the Minister for Defence and Chief of Staff to the Assistant Minister for Defence. Paul has a Masters Degree by Research in International Relations.
Director, Corporate Affairs
Belinda is the Director Corporate Affairs for Microsoft Australia, working across the business to advance policy and regulatory positions with State and Federal Governments and regulators. Prior to joining Microsoft, Belinda was a senior policy advisor to a former Federal Communications Minister, and was responsible for creating the country’s first whole of government national strategy around the digital economy. In a past life she toured the world as the media manager for the Australian cricket team.
General Manager - Media and Communications
National Farmers' Federation
Vice President Legal and Corporate Affairs APAC South
Carlton & United Breweries (AB INBEV)
Executive General Manager Stakeholder Relations
Lisa has 20 years’ experience in stakeholder relations and communications across corporate, government and not-for profit sectors in Australia. Lisa joined AGL in 2013 and led the Government Affairs function prior to being appointed Chief of Staff to the Managing Director and CEO in 2015. In September 2016, Lisa became the EGM of Stakeholder Relations. Lisa is responsible for communications, government and community relations, policy, sustainability and regulation. Lisa has a BA Communications from the University of Technology Sydney, attended the Melbourne Business School as part of AGL’s Academy for Senior Leaders and undertook the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.
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.
General Manager Corporate Affairs
Chief Operating Officer
GWS Giants Football Club
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Corporate Affairs executives are mapping uncharted waters. In a climate rife with scepticism, where consumers are unwittingly curtailed to echo chambers and the integrity of communication channels is being undermined, leaders are discovering new ways to resonate with stakeholders. How are leaders navigating the sheer polarity of modern discourse to define a voice of authenticity and credibility? And how are Corporate Affairs executives developing the resilience to lead in a fast-moving and fractured technological landscape? How are Corporate Affairs executives maintaining a dynamic and transformative role in business?
As the value of integrity and trust crystallises in the eyes of stakeholders, Corporate Affairs executives are aligning with the entire enterprise to unite employees behind a shared vision. In a combative political climate, how are Corporate Affairs leaders empowering employees to speak their own truth without derailing the corporate narrative? And how are leaders resolving incongruities between employees’ actual and perceived experiences? What collaborative communication tools are leaders adopting to amplify diverse perspectives and challenge the norm? And what internal structures and systems are executives adopting to improve visibility and enhance internal communication?
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With a defined number of digital giants guarding access to consumers, communication leaders must create within or break free from the parameters of social platforms. Framing communication to shape and influence perception in this contested landscape is a delicate and consequential undertaking. How are strategists measuring public perception in real-time and adjusting messaging accordingly? What does it take to inspire users and create genuine, compelling content that cuts through the noise? And how are organisations establishing an authentic presence in specific user ecosystems? How are brands exploiting new sources of influence close to the consumer?
For the best part of a decade, Australian companies have sustained operations with government in a constant state of flux. Exerting influence and compelling action in this unstable political sphere has become an art as much as a science for Corporate Affairs leaders. How can Corporate Affairs executives build sustained dialogue with government given the enduring climate of revolving door politics? And how are leaders finding a champion for a cause in the face of such political volatility? Is stakeholder engagement and public advocacy changing in climates embroiled by heightened transparency?
When a crisis erupts, Corporate Affairs executives must act rapidly and judiciously to shelter key stakeholders from the raining debris. Every response along the crisis management journey can spell disaster or present a fleeting opportunity to restore credibility. What communication channels have leaders adopted to address information asymmetry and close the information void at the onset of a crisis? From miscommunication to misrepresentation, how are executives managing the media? What are leaders doing in the aftermath of a crisis to rebuild their reputation and restore their social license to operate?
Naivety is draining from the CSR space – consumers are awake to corporate motives, and companies are entering into new partnerships with meticulous calculation and caution. In this fractured landscape, communication leaders must spark genuine connections and counter consumer incredulity. Social media has restored agency to users – how are companies moving beyond passive spectatorship and unleashing the power of consumers? Outspoken and engaged, or deliberately reserved, how are executives navigating polarised socio-political environments? It is impossible to mean something to everyone, so how are organisations with diverse stakeholder groups choosing which causes to align with?
As businesses acclimatise to the incoming data storm, Corporate Affairs executives are shoring up their own capabilities and building the resilience to navigate technological uncertainty. The ability to distil insights from data is a core credibility driver – how are leaders leveraging analytics to reinforce communications strategy? A number of core business functions are transitioning towards analytical decision making, is the Corporate Affairs function aligning with this trajectory? How are leaders using data enriched stakeholder profiles to hone the authenticity of communications? And how is artificial intelligence altering the fabric of communications?
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Celebrating its 9th 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 22 February)||Standard Price Per Delegate|
|Corporate Affairs/Communications: 1-2 Delegates||$1800 + GST||$2200 + GST|
|Corporate Affairs/Communications: 3-5 Delegates||$1620 + GST||$1980 + GST|
|Corporate Affairs/Communications: 6-9 Delegates||$1440 + GST||$1760 + GST|
|Corporate Affairs/Communications: 10+ Delegates||$1260 + GST||$1540 + GST|
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