Board of directors

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Board of Directors

The Scentre Group Board, chaired by Brian Schwartz AM, comprises an experienced team of Board members.  The profiles of our Board members are below.

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    Mr Brian Schwartz AM FCA Independent Chairman

    Brian Schwartz is the non-executive Chairman of Scentre Group.  He is also Chairman of the Group’s Nomination Committee.  In a career with Ernst & Young Australia spanning more than 25 years, he rose to the positions of Chairman (1996 - 1998) and then CEO of the firm from 1998 to 2004. From 2005 to 2009, Brian was the CEO of Investec Bank (Australia) Limited.  Brian is a director on the board of a Guardian Early Learning Group company, part of Partners Group, a global private markets investment manager.  He is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Institute of Chartered Accountants.  Brian was previously Chairman of Insurance Australia Group Limited, Deputy Chairman of Westfield Corporation, Deputy Chairman of Football Federation Australia Limited and a Director of Brambles Limited.

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    Mr Peter Allen Chief Executive Officer

    Peter Allen is an executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Scentre Group. Prior to the establishment of Scentre Group in 2014, Peter was an executive Director and Chief Financial Officer of Westfield Group. Peter joined Westfield in 1996 and between 1998 and 2004 was Westfield’s CEO of the United Kingdom / Europe and responsible for establishing Westfield’s presence in the United Kingdom.  Peter is Chairman of the Shopping Centre Council of Australia and a Director of the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute and Essendon Football Club. He is a member of the President’s Council of the Art Gallery of NSW and is a member of the Property Council of Australia including his role as a Property Male Champion of Change.

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    Mr Andrew Harmos Independent Director

    Andrew Harmos is a non-executive Director and was appointed as a Director of the Company on the establishment of Scentre Group in June 2014. He is also the Chairman of the Group’s Human Resources Committee and a member of the Nomination Committee. Andrew is one of the founding directors of Harmos Horton Lusk Limited, an Auckland based specialist corporate legal advisory firm, where he specialises in takeover advice and structuring, securities offerings, company acquisitions and disposals and strategic Board and transaction advice. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from The University of Auckland. Andrew was formerly a non-executive Director of AMP Limited, AMP Bank Limited, AMP Life Limited and The National Mutual Life Association of Australasia Limited, a non-executive Director of Westfield Retail Trust and Chairman of the New Zealand Stock Exchange.

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    Mr Michael Ihlein Independent Director

    Michael Ihlein is a non-executive Director of Scentre Group.  He is also Chairman of the Group’s Audit and Risk Committee and a member of the Nomination Committee.  Mike is a highly experienced corporate and finance executive with a long career with Coca-Cola Amatil Limited (and related companies) where he was Managing Director, Poland (1995 – 1997) and Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director (1997 – 2004).  Mike joined Brambles as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director in March 2004 and held the position of Chief Executive Officer from July 2007 until his retirement in November 2009.  Mike holds a Bachelor of Business Studies (Accounting) from the University of Technology, Sydney.  He is currently a non-executive Director and Chair of the Risk & Audit Committee of CSR Limited, a non-executive Director and Chair of the Finance & Audit Committee of Inghams Group Limited, and a non-executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Ampol Limited and is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, CPA Australia and the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.  Mike was formerly a Director of Murray Goulburn Co-operative Co. Limited, from 2012 to 2017, and of Snowy Hydro Limited, from 2012 to 2019.

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    Ms Carolyn Kay Independent Director

    Carolyn Kay is a non-executive Director of Scentre Group.  She is also a member of Scentre Group’s Audit and Risk Committee.  Carolyn has had more than 30 years of experience in the finance sector as an executive and non-executive director.  In addition, Carolyn has been and remains a non-executive director of enterprises across a broad range of industries.  She is currently a Guardian of the Future Fund and a non-executive director of Myer Family Investments and Rothschild & Co Australia (where she is also a senior advisor).  In the not for profit sector, Carolyn is also a non-executive director of the General Sir John Monash Foundation and a Trustee of Sydney Grammar School.  As an executive Carolyn worked as a banker and lawyer at Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan and Linklaters & Paines in London, New York and Australia.  Carolyn holds Bachelor Degrees in Law and Arts (University of Melbourne), a Graduate Diploma in Management (AGSM) and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  She was awarded a Centenary Medal for services to Australian society in business leadership.
     

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    Mr Steven Leigh Independent Director

    Steven Leigh is a non-executive Director of Scentre Group and a member of the Board's Human Resources Committee.  Steve’s career in the real estate investment management and development industry spans more than three decades. He has in depth knowledge of real estate economics and experience in retail assets. During a 25 year career at QIC, Steve held a number of senior positions including most recently Managing Director – Global Real Estate with QIC. Steve’s prior roles also include Managing Director of Trinity Limited and subsequently the Chief Executive Officer of the wholesale unlisted funds management business. Following LaSalle Investment Management’s acquisition of Trinity Funds Management, Steve held the position of Head of Australia for LaSalle Investment Management. He is a non-executive Director of the ASX listed stapled entity, National Storage REIT. Steve is also one of the founding members of Male Champions of Change established by the Property Council of Australia. He is a registered valuer, having started his career as a valuer with National Mutual Life. Steve is a graduate of Gatton College (now part of the University of Queensland) and the Queensland University of Technology in the disciplines of real estate valuation and project management.

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    Mr Guy Russo Independent Director

    Guy Russo is a non-executive Director of Scentre Group. He is currently the Chairman of Australian-owned Guzman Y Gomez, Chairman of SomnoMed and Chairman of OneSky, an international charity for children living in poverty in Asia.  In a corporate career spanning 42 years he has served as CEO, Wesfarmers Department Store Division (Kmart & Target); Managing Director, Kmart Australia & NZ; President, McDonald’s Greater China; CEO, McDonald’s Australia Ltd and Chairman of Ronald McDonald House Children’s Charities. Guy is most well-known for leading the corporate turn-around of Kmart Australia creating the largest and most profitable retail department store in the country. A member of YPO since 2006, now with Lestari, the first Impact Chapter of YPO, he has consulted to business in China and Asia, served as a member on the Business Council of Australia, and won industry awards for leadership in diversity in employment.

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    Ms Margaret Seale Independent Director

    Margie Seale is a non-executive Director of Scentre Group.  She is also a member of the Group’s Audit and Risk Committee and the Human Resources Committee.  Margie has more than 25 years’ experience in senior executive roles in Australia and overseas, including in the consumer goods, health and global publishing sectors, in sales and marketing, and in the successful transition of traditional business models to digital environments.  Immediately prior to her non-executive career, Margie was Managing Director of Random House Australia and New Zealand and President, Asia Development for Random House globally.  She is currently a non-executive director of Telstra Corporation Limited and Westpac Banking Corporation. Margie has previously served on the boards of Australian Pacific (Holdings) Pty Limited, Penguin Random House Australia Pty Ltd (as a non-executive director and then Chair), the Australian Publishers’ Association, Bank of Queensland Limited, Ramsay Health Care Limited, Chief Executive Women (chairing its Scholarship Committee), the Powerhouse Museum and the Sydney Writers’ Festival.  In 2015, Margie founded philanthropic literary travel company Ponder & See, which funds writers’ festivals and writers through creating literary trips or experiences for interested readers.

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    Mr Michael Wilkins AO Independent Director

    Mike Wilkins is an experienced non-executive director with more than 30 years’ executive experience in financial services in Australia and Asia, including insurance and investment management. He is currently the non-executive Chairman of QBE Insurance Group Limited and the non-executive Chairman of Medibank Private Limited.
     
    Mike has more than 20 years’ experience as CEO for ASX 100 companies. He is the former Managing Director and CEO of Insurance Australia Group Limited (IAG), former Managing Director and CEO of Promina Group and former Managing Director of Tyndall Australia Limited.
     
    Mike has also served as a director of Maple-Brown Abbott Limited, The Geneva Association, the Australian Business and Community Network and Alinta Limited. Most recently, Mike was a Director of AMP Limited (2016-2020) including acting as Interim Executive Chairman and Acting CEO for a period in 2018. He was a member of the Australian Government’s Financial Sector Advisory Council for five years and a member of the Business Council of Australia for eight years. Mike is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. He was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2017 for distinguished service to the insurance industry, particularly to improved corporate social responsibility standards, to the building of natural disaster resilience and safer communities, and to workplace diversity.

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