Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is key to the dynamic culture that drives AmCham, and they reflect the forward-thinking ethos that drives us and our members onward. They are responsible for the policy, direction and governance of the organisational activities in all states.

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CHAIRMAN
Maureen Dougherty

President, Boeing Australia, NZ & South Pacific
Boeing Australia Holdings Pty Ltd

Maureen Dougherty was named President of Boeing Australia and South Pacific in March 2014. As the senior Boeing executive in the region, she is responsible for coordinating all Boeing activities and leads the Company’s government affairs efforts. Previously, Dougherty served as Vice President within Boeing Defence, Space & Security’s Boeing Military Aircraft unit. Throughout her 30-year career, Dougherty has held a variety of engineering and program leadership positions on missile, fighter, bomber and military commercial derivative aircraft programs. She has a broad technical background in structures, avionics, systems and test engineering and has managed programs through development, production and sustainment. Dougherty is a member of the Business Council of Australia, sits on the President’s Council of the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Chairman’s Panel for The Great Barrier Reef Foundation.

DIRECTOR
Deborah Chew

Partner - Corporate and Commercial
Hall & Wilcox Lawyers

Deborah has over 25 years of corporate and commercial experience across a broad range of commercial transactions, and has advised on substantial mergers and acquisitions and private equity and capital raising transactions. Deborah’s practice includes company and business acquisitions and sales, public and private issuances of equity and debt securities, shareholders agreements and joint ventures, management equity arrangements, commercial structuring and corporate organisational restructuring and corporate governance and ASX Listing Rule advice. Deborah has led and worked on a large number of major transactions, both at Hall & Wilcox and previous top tier firms (in Australia and the United States). Before joining Hall & Wilcox, Deborah was a partner at Allens Arthur Robinson and prior to that worked for almost ten years at a leading New York firm, Debevoise & Plimpton.

DIRECTOR
Tony E. Clemens

Director and Special Counsel
PwC

Tony is a partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers Mergers & Acquisitions/International Tax Services Group in Sydney and has been with PwC since 1978. He was admitted as a partner of the Taxation Division in 1986. Since 1988 he has been a Lead Partner of Australian Tax, Mergers & Acquisitions and International Group. He is currently a member of the firm’s Board of Partners. Tony advises many Australian multinationals on their international business transactions. He is regularly included as an adviser on the largest transactions in Australia each year. Tony has been nominated by the International Tax Review as one of Australia’s leading tax advisers for many years. He holds a Bachelor of Economics, Sydney University and was awarded the T.J. McGoffin Prize for Taxation Law. Tony is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and a Fellow of the Taxation Institute of Australia and a Member of the International Fiscal Association.

DIRECTOR
Martin Creighan

Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand
AT&T Global Network Services Aust Pty Ltd

Martin Creighan was named Managing Director of AT&T Australia and New Zealand in 2013. With a career at AT&T that began in 2004, Martin is responsible for AT&T’s sales, business development and supporting business functions including service delivery, after sales support, marketing, finance and human resources for the region. Martin has more than 25 years’ experience in the technology, media and telecommunications industry and has a broad range of technical and business acumen. In Martin’s previous role as Director of Sales and business development for AT&T, he was responsible for growing business revenue and a local footprint to support multi-national enterprise customers. Prior to AT&T, Martin started his career in the US Navy where he spent almost 10 years as an Operations Specialist, he was responsible for building and project managing simulated warfare environments. Since then he has held Sales, Marketing and Business Management roles with Radware, SecureNet, Baltimore Technologies and Viasoft.

DIRECTOR
Wendy King

President - Australia East
ConocoPhillips Australia Pty Ltd

Wendy King is President - Australia East, ConocoPhillips Australia Pty Ltd. Wendy began her career as a petroleum engineer with Conoco Inc. and has held various technical and leadership positions in the Exploration and Production business in the United States, United Kingdom and Africa. Prior to starting with Australia Pacific LNG in July 2011, Wendy fulfilled a variety of leadership roles for ConocoPhillips in Alaska serving as the Vice President, External Affairs and as Manager, Alaska North Slope gas development. In 2011, Wendy was seconded to Australia Pacific LNG as Vice President, Commercial. Wendy assumed her current role in 2017. Wendy has previously served on the University of Alaska Board of Trustees, the Resource Development Council of Alaska Board of Directors and the Board of United Way of Anchorage.

DIRECTOR
Richard Owen

Chairman
ExxonMobil Australia Pty Ltd

Richard J. Owen is the Chairman and Managing Director of the ExxonMobil group of companies in Australia. Richard holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) from The University of Sydney. He joined Esso Australia as an engineer at the Longford Plant in Sale in 1983. Throughout his career with ExxonMobil he has held various technical and operating management positions in Australia, USA, Germany and Indonesia. He was appointed to his current position in June 2013. Richard is currently a Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia, a board member of the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA) and a member of the Business Council or Australia. Richard is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia and is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Richard is married to Jennifer and has two adult sons.

DIRECTOR
April Palmerlee

Chief Executive Officer
American Chamber of Commerce in Australia

April Palmerlee is Chief Executive Officer of the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia. She joined AmCham in October 2017 after a distinguished career in government, education, and the corporate sector. Most recently, she was a senior executive at the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. Palmerlee has strong relationships with governments, business leaders and the public service in Australia and the U.S. American-born, Palmerlee has lived in Sydney since 2003 and is a dual citizen. She received a BS from Georgetown University and a Master’s from Columbia University. She served as Senior Coordinator for International Women’s Issues at the US Department of State. Before that, she was a senior executive at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Palmerlee has also worked for couturier Oscar de la Renta, financial publisher The Bank Credit Analyst, and The Spanish Institute. She is currently on the Centennial Park Community Consultative Committee and the Selection Board for the Fulbright scholarship in NSW.

DIRECTOR
Vamsi Mohan V Thati

President
Coca-Cola South Pacific Pty Ltd

Vamsi Mohan is President of Coca-Cola South Pacific, and has been part of the Coca-Cola system for 20 years, joining the system in India in 1998. Vamsi Mohan has extensive experience within the Coca-Cola system, with a strong track record of delivering results and building capabilities around customer management, market execution, digital technologies and people development. Most recently, Vamsi served as the Region Director of Coca-Cola’s company-owned bottling businesses in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Previously, Vamsi served as the Region Director for the Coca-Cola company-owned bottling businesses in Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar. Prior to that, Vamsi was General Manager for Coca-Cola in Malaysia. Vamsi holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, India. He has also completed the Advanced Management Program from Harvard Business School.

DIRECTOR
Bill Townsend

General Manager External Affairs and Joint Venture
INPEX Operations Australia Pty Ltd

Bill Townsend is General Manager, External Affairs and Joint Venture at INPEX. In this role, Bill leads a 30-person team responsible for managing the company’s government and community relations, corporate social responsibility, Aboriginal affairs, regulatory approvals, communications, media relations and joint venture management. Bill joined INPEX in 2006 and is a member of the Ichthys LNG Project Executive Committee. Beginning his career as a US Navy submarine officer, Bill entered the oil and gas industry in 1994 as a Business Advisor to BP Russia based in Moscow. Further commercial and external affairs assignments with BP followed and include the Shah Deniz gas project in Azerbaijan and the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline project in Georgia as well as additional roles with BP in the Caspian region. Bill earned a BA (Political Science) from Northwestern University and an MBA from Dartmouth College. He resides in Perth, Western Australia.

DIRECTOR
Jim Whalley

Chairman & Director
Nova Systems

Jim Whalley is the CEO and co-founder of the Nova Group (www.novagroup.com.au ), an engineering and project management professional services firm spanning defence, transport, utilities, energy and communications. Jim is a former RAAF fighter pilot and test pilot and among other qualifications holds a BSc, an MBA and is a Graduate of the Harvard Business School OPM Executive Education Program and the UK Empire Test Pilots’ School. Jim currently serves on several defence, industry and university boards and advisory committees. The Nova Group itself employs over 300 people throughout Australia and in the UK, NZ and Singapore with skills in areas ranging from flight testing and electronic warfare to system safety and satellite communications. Nova has been listed as an SA Top 100 company, a BRW fast 100 company, an SA Fast Movers Company and one of the BRW 50 best places to work in Australia.