Chris brings together the rare combination of successful careers at the highest levels of both the commercial and public sectors. He is a highly experienced and accomplished senior executive with wide ranging domestic and international experience to CEO/MD level in ‘blue chip’ companies in the telecommunications and information technology sectors.
Most recently Chris was Executive Director, Government at one of Australia’s largest companies - Telstra Corporation Ltd. In this role, Chris was responsible for leading Telstra’s multi-billion-dollar telecommunications, information systems and IT managed services business in the government sector and for ensuring Telstra provided its customers with world-leading service, products and solutions.
Before joining Telstra, Chris was a Member of the House of Representatives in the Parliament of Australia and during this time was appointed to the Ministry of the Federal Government.
Prior to joining Parliament, Chris spent 21 years in senior business roles, around the world in the IT, communications and music industries.
During this time Chris was based in Japan as the Asia/Pacific Regional Director and then Australian/New Zealand Managing Director for one of the world's leading enterprise software companies, BEA Systems Inc. In these roles, he was key in the development and implementation of BEA’s highly successful growth strategy across the AsiaPac region.
Chris holds a Master of Business Administration Degree from Deakin University a Bachelor of Business Degree from Monash University and has completed a Management Development Program at the Mt. Eliza Australian Management College and an Executive Program at Stanford University, USA.