Skip to main content

Kerry Sanderson appointed Adjunct Professor to Curtin Business School

Media release

Curtin University’s Curtin Business School (CBS) has appointed prominent business leader Kerry Sanderson AO to the position of Adjunct Professor.

Ms Sanderson will act as an advisor on leadership for CBS, including strategic positioning, governance and economic development from a domestic and international perspective.

Professor Tony Travaglione, Pro Vice-Chancellor of CBS, said Curtin was delighted to have a prominent, high profile business leader such as Ms Sanderson, who would provide strategic insight and advice to CBS in her role as Adjunct Professor.

“Ms Sanderson’s expertise, skills and experience would further strengthen the School’s strong industry links and provide CBS with valuable strategic counsel to continue to look beyond the domestic markets towards the greater global picture,” he said.

Ms Sanderson said she had a strong commitment to education and learning in Australia and believed business education was an important area of focus, and had been impressed by CBS’s commitment to accreditation and excellence.

“In my Adjunct Professor role, I will continue to be involved in strategic issues associated with the further development of the Curtin Business School,” she said.

“Through my international experience as Agent General for Western Australia, as well as my roles on the boards of both not-for-profit and listed companies, I continue to focus on WA and the need to improve productivity and international competitiveness.

“I see education and training as one of the means to achieve this, and I am pleased to be able to provide input into the strategic positioning of CBS in both the domestic and international markets.”

Note to editors:
Kerry Sanderson AO is currently a Non-Executive Director for Atlas Iron, Downer EDI Limited and St John of God Healthcare and serves as Chairperson of Gold Corporation and of the State Emergency Management Committee. She is also involved in a number of charitable and community activities.

From November 2008 until December 2011, she was the Agent General for Western Australia, representing the State in Europe and Russia. Based in London, this role saw her promote investment in Western Australia and WA exports to Europe.

From 1991 until 2008, Kerry was Chief Executive Officer of Fremantle Ports, after four years as Deputy Director General of Transport for Western Australia. Prior to this she was with the State Treasury as Director of Treasury’s Economic and Financial Policy Division.

She has held positions on the Board of the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade), the Council of Curtin University, the Board of Agricultural Research Western Australia, the Rio Tinto Western Australia Future Fund, the Fremantle Hospital Medical Research Foundation and the Australian Logistics Council, as well as having been President of Ports Australia. In addition to her newly appointed role of Adjunct Professor, she is also currently a Member of the Advisory Council at Curtin Business School (CBS).

Kerry was named an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the 2004 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for service to the development and management of the port and maritime industries in Australia, and to public sector governance in the areas of finance and transport. She was the inaugural inductee to the Lloyds List Shipping and Transport Hall of Fame, and she received an Export Hero award from the Australian Institute of Export in 2008.

She has degrees in both science and in economics from The University of Western Australia, and in 2005 received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from The University of Western Australia.