Business Briefing with Robyn Denholm
Chief Financial Officer and Head of Strategy, Telstra
Chairman of Tesla
The telecommunications sector has long had a significant role in underpinning the connected economy.
How can this translate to support for up-and-coming entrepreneurialism? Hear Telstra CFO and Head of Strategy, Robyn Denholm, discuss the case for nurturing the entrepreneurial spirit not only within Australia, but worldwide.
At this event, we will also hear how Telstra is stepping up to the challenge, looking at examples like muru-D, a start-up accelerator helping tech founders scale their businesses; and Telstra Ventures, an investment program targeting leading, high growth technology companies.
Ms Denholm will be in conversation with award-winning journalist Elysse Morgan, host of The Business on ABC TV and ABC NEWS Channel.
About Robyn Denholm
Robyn Denholm became Telstra’s Chief Financial Officer & Head of Strategy in October 2018 after spending 18 months in the role of Telstra’s Chief Operations Officer (COO). This role is responsible for setting Telstra’s strategic direction, while managing all financial elements, including, capital planning, budgets, cash flow, as well as Audit, Risk and Treasury.
Robyn joined Telstra in January 2017 and during her time as COO gained invaluable insight into Telstra’s broad operations. She was instrumental in the delivery of Telstra’s commercial agreements with nbn co and setting the strategic direction for the company’s Networks for the Future and Digitisation programs and driving significant improvements in customer service.
Prior to joining Telstra, Robyn was Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operations Officer of global networking equipment and software security firm, Juniper Networks. Robyn was the Chief Financial Officer at Juniper from 2007 to mid-2016 and over that time Juniper’s revenues more than doubled, and following a 2014 restructure the company achieved record revenue and profitability.
Robyn has served on the Tesla Board as an independent director since 2014 and was appointed as Chair of the Tesla Board in November 2018. She was formerly on the Board of the Swiss robotics, power and automation technology company ABB.
Robyn has been on the California National Diversity council list of Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology, was named a Woman to Watch by Global Telecoms Business in 2017 and was awarded the Commonwealth Club Distinguished Citizen Award in 2016.
She holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Sydney and a master's degree in commerce from the University of New South Wales and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants ANZ.
Telstra is Australia’s leading telecommunications and technology company, offering a full range of communications services and competing in all telecommunications markets. Telstra employs 32 000 people and has a market capitalisation $37.9 billion. With an international presence spanning over 20 countries, Telstra works toward helping customers improve the ways in which they live and work through connection.
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