Board of directors

Scentre Group Board of Directors

Board of Directors

The Scentre Group board of directors is chaired by Mr. Brian M. Schwartz AM, together with Mr. Peter K. Allen and non-executive directors Mr. Andrew W. Harmos, Mr. Michael F. Ihlein, Ms Carolyn Kay, Ms. Aliza Knox, Mr. Steven M. Lowy AM and Ms. Margaret Seale.

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    Mr. Brian M. Schwartz AM Independent Chairman

    Brian Schwartz is the non-executive Chairman of Scentre Group.  He is also Chairman of the Group’s Nomination Committee.  Brian is a non-executive Director and Deputy Chairman of Westfield Corporation.  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.  He is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Institute of Chartered Accountants.  Brian was previously a Chairman of Insurance Australia Group Limited, Deputy Chairman of Football Federation Australia Limited and a Director of Brambles Limited.  

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    Mr. Peter K. 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.  Prior to joining Westfield, Peter worked for Citibank in Melbourne, New York and London.  Peter is Chairman of the Shopping Centre Council of Australia and a Director of the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute.

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    Mr. Andrew W. Harmos Independent Director

    Andrew Harmos is a non-executive Director of Scentre Group.  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.  He is a Director of AMP Limited, AMP Life Limited, The National Mutual Life Association of Australasia Limited and Elevation Capital Management Limited.  He Chairs the Audit Committees of AMP Life Limited and The National Mutual Life Association of Australasia Limited.  Andrew was formerly Chairman of the New Zealand Stock Exchange and a Trustee of the Arts Foundation of New Zealand.

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    Mr. Michael F. 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 Director of CSR Limited, and Snowy Hydro 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.

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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 member of the Future Fund Board of Guardians, a non-executive director of Brambles and the Australia-China Council, and an external board Member of Allens Linklaters.  In the not for profit sector, Carolyn is also a non-executive director of the General Sir John Monash Foundation.  As an executive Carolyn worked as a banker and lawyer at Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan and Linklaters & Paines in London, New York and Australia.  She was formerly a non-executive director of a number of organizations including Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Infrastructure NSW, John Swire & Sons and Chief Executive Women.  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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    Ms. Aliza Knox Independent Director

    Aliza Knox is a non-executive Director of Scentre Group.  She is also a member of the Group’s Human Resources Committee.  Aliza has more than three decades of broad international marketing and management experience.  She holds an MBA in Marketing (Honors) from New York University-Leonard N. Stern, School of Business, and a B.A., Applied Mathematics and Economics (Magna Cum Laude) from Brown University. Aliza’s most current role was Chief Operating Officer at Unlockd.  Previously, she was the Managing Director of Commerce and Online Sales & Operations for Asia Pacific at Google Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. from 2007 to 2012, Vice President, Asia Pacific at Twitter from 2012 to 2017 and a member of the supervisory board of GfK from 2014 to 2017.  Aliza has been a non-executive Director of Singapore Post Limited since August 2013.    She was a member of ANZ’s International Technology and Digital Business Advisory Panel from 2015 to 2017.  Her other roles include Senior Vice President, Commercial Solutions and Global Product Platforms at Visa International (from 2002 to 2007) and Senior Vice President, International Wireless and Global Expansion Asian Focus at Charles Schwab Corporation (from 1999 to 2001). 

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    Mr. Steven M. Lowy AM Non-Executive Director

    Steven Lowy is a non-executive Director of Scentre Group.  He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from the University of NSW. Prior to joining Westfield in 1987, Steven worked in investment banking in the US.  He is an executive Director of Westfield Corporation and currently serves as its Co-Chief Executive Officer.  Steven is Chairman of Football Federation Australia Limited and is a Director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy.  His previous appointments include President of the Board of Trustees of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Chairman of the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute and Presiding Officer of the NSW Police Force Associate Degree in Policing Practice Board of Management.

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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, Bank of Queensland Limited and Ramsay Health Care Limited.  Margie has previously served on the boards of Penguin Random House Australia Pty Ltd, the Australian Publishers’ Association, 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.

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