BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Set out below are biographies of each of our Board members. The Board has adopted a formal Board Charter, which details the functions and responsibilities of the Board.
John H Alexander, BA
Mr Alexander is the Executive Chairman of Crown Resorts Limited and is also a Director of a number of companies, including Seven West Media Limited and Aspers Holdings (Jersey) Limited. Mr Alexander is also Chairman of Crown Melbourne Limited, Burswood Limited and CrownBet Pty Limited Boards.
Mr Alexander was the Executive Chairman of Consolidated Media Holdings Limited (“CMH”) from 2007 to November 2012, when CMH was acquired by News Corporation. Prior to 2007, Mr Alexander was the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Publishing and Broadcasting Limited (“PBL”) from 2004, the Chief Executive of ACP Magazines Limited from 1999 and PBL’s group media division comprising ACP Magazines Limited and the Nine Network from 2002.
Before joining the PBL Group, Mr Alexander was the Editor-in-Chief, Publisher and Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald and Editor-in-Chief of The Australian Financial Review.
Mr Alexander is a member of the Crown Investment Committee.
Benjamin A Brazil, BCom, LLB
Mr Brazil is an Executive Director of Macquarie Group Limited, member of the Executive Committee and Co-Head of the Corporate and Asset Finance Group. He originally commenced employment at Macquarie in 1994 and has operated across a range of geographies and business lines during the course of his career. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Queensland.
Mr Brazil is the Chairman of the Crown Audit and Corporate Governance Committee and a member of the
Crown Finance Committee.
The Honourable Helen A Coonan, BA, LLB
Ms Coonan is a former Senator for New South Wales serving in the Australian Parliament from 1996 to 2011.
Ms Coonan holds degrees in Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney. Prior to entering Parliament, she worked as a lawyer including as principal of her own legal firm, as a partner in law firm Gadens, as a commercial Barrister in Australia and as an Attorney in New York.
In Parliament, Ms Coonan served as the Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate. She was appointed to Cabinet as the former Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts and was shareholder Minister for Telstra Corporation and Australia Post. She also served as the Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer and had portfolio oversight of the Australian Taxation Office and the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority. She is the recipient of a Centenary Medal for service to the Australian Parliament.
Ms Coonan is a Non-Executive Director of Snowy Hydro Limited and is Chair of Snowy Hydro Retail Committee. She is Chair of the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, a member of the Advisory Council of J.P. Morgan, a member of the Board of Advice for Aon Risk Services Australia, and is Co-Chair of GRACosway (a subsidiary of the Clemenger Group). She is a Non-Executive Director of Obesity Australia Limited and a trustee of the Sydney Opera House. She is also a consultant to Samsung Electronics Australia.
Ms Coonan is a member of Chief Executive Women and also serves on the Corporate Council of the European Australian Business Council and the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce Advisory Council.
Ms Coonan is an Ambassador for the Menzies School of Health Research and of the GUT Foundation. She serves on the Advisory Council of the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
Ms Coonan is Chair of the Crown Resorts Foundation and the Crown Corporate Social Responsibility Committee.
Rowena Danziger, AM, BA, TC, MACE
Mrs Danziger’s professional experience spans over 30 years in various Australian and American educational institutions. Mrs Danziger was the Headmistress at Ascham School in Sydney from 1973 to 2003.
Mrs Danziger is a Director of Crown Melbourne Limited and is Chair of the Crown Occupational Health and Safety Committee and is a member of the Crown Audit and Corporate Governance, Risk Management and Responsible Gaming Committees. Mrs Danziger also sits on the Crown Resorts Foundation Board.
Andrew Demetriou, BA, BEd
Mr Demetriou was Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Football League from 2003 until June 2014.
Prior to becoming Chief Executive Officer, Mr Demetriou served as AFL General Manager – Football Operations for three years, overseeing all aspects of the AFL competition. This followed a stint as head of the AFL Players Association when he was instrumental in establishing programs to look after players both during and after their playing careers.
Following an AFL playing career of 106 games, Mr Demetriou was the Managing Director of the Ruthinium
Group, a business importing acrylic teeth, growing the business significantly by expanding manufacturing and exports to 70 countries worldwide and he currently remains a Board member.
Mr Demetriou is Executive Chairman of Career One, is a Director of the Melbourne Sports Marketing firm, Bastion Group, is a Non-executive Chairman of Capitol Health Limited, Transitional Chairman of Cox Architects, Global Chairman of Beyond Boundaries and a Non-Executive Director of the non-partisan Climate Institute.
Mr Demetriou was formerly Chair of the Acquire Learning Advisory Group. He also served as Non-Executive Chairman of the Baxter Group, a waste management group listed on ASX in 2003 with a market capitalisation of $40 million – the company was later sold to Transpacific for $260 million – and is a former Chairman of the Australian Multicultural Advisory Council.
Mr Demetriou is a Director of CrownBet Pty Limited.
Geoffrey J Dixon
Mr Dixon is an experienced and successful corporate executive with a background in the media, mining, aviation and tourism industries.
He was Managing Director and Chief Executive of Qantas Airways Limited for eight years until 2008 - joining Qantas in 1994 and also serving as Chief Commercial Officer and, for two years, as Deputy Managing Director. He was Chairman of the Australian Government’s principal tourism authority, Tourism Australia, for six years from 2009 to June 2015.
Mr Dixon is Chairman of the privately-held Australian Pub Fund and is on the Board of the publicly listed Australian company Adslot Limited.
Mr Dixon is also Chairman of the Garvan Medical Research Foundation, is on the Board of the Museum of
Contemporary Art Australia and is an Ambassador for the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation. He is also Chairman of the Crown Nomination and Remuneration, Risk Management and Finance Committees.
Professor John S Horvath, AO, MB, BS (Syd), FRACP
Professor John Horvath was the Australian Government Chief Medical Officer from 2003 to 2009 and principal
Medical Consultant to the Commonwealth Department until January 2016. He is currently continuing to advise the Department of Health and the School of Medicine, University of Sydney, and holds the position of Honorary Professor of Medicine.
Professor Horvath is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and is a distinguished practitioner, researcher and teacher. Professor Horvath previously sat on the Board of the Garvan Research Foundation and continues to be a Governor of the Centenary Institute of Medical Research until January 2016. He is a member of the Advisory Council to the Australian Organ and Tissue Donation Agency and a member of the Finance and Administration Committee of the School of Medicine at the University of Sydney. Professor Horvath is a member of the Ministerial Advisory Council to the Minister of Health.
Professor Horvath was previously Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Sydney. He is also known as a leader in a range of medical training and workforce organisations and is a former President of the Australian Medical Council and the New South Wales Medical Board.
Professor Horvath is the Chairman of the Crown Responsible Gaming Committee and a member of Crown’s Occupational Health and Safety, Corporate Social Responsibility and Nomination and Remuneration Committees. He also sits on the Crown Melbourne Board and the Crown Resorts Foundation Board.
Professor Horvath is currently the Global Strategic Medical Advisor to the Chief Executive Officer of Ramsay Health Care.
Michael R Johnston, BEc, CA
Mr Johnston is the Finance Director of Consolidated Press Holdings Pty Limited (“CPH”), having previously been an adviser to the Consolidated Press Holdings Group (“CPH Group”) for seventeen years. As Finance Director, Mr Johnston oversees a large number of operational businesses within the CPH Group and its controlled associates. He was also the Chief Financial Officer of Ellerston Capital (a subsidiary of CPH) until 30 June 2008.
Prior to his appointment with the CPH Group, Mr Johnston was a senior partner in the Australian member firm of Ernst & Young. He was also on the Board of Partners of Ernst & Young, Australia.
Mr Johnston holds a Bachelor of Economics degree from Sydney University and is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia.
Mr Johnston is a member of the Crown Audit and Corporate Governance, Finance and Occupational Health and Safety Committees.
Harold C Mitchell, AC
Mr Mitchell is the founder of Mitchell & Partners and until August 2013, was Executive Chairman of Aegis Media, Australia and New Zealand. Since he started Mitchell & Partners in 1976, the company has evolved to become the largest media and communications group in Australia today.
In December 2000, Mr Mitchell launched the Harold Mitchell Foundation which distributes funds between health and the arts.
Mr Mitchell holds a large number of community roles including Chairman of Art Exhibitions Australia, Vice President of Tennis Australia, Chairman of The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Board member of New York Philharmonic, Chairman of Australia- Indonesia Centre and Chairman of FreeTV Australia. Previously Mr Mitchell was Chairman of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, TVS and University of Western
Sydney’s television service for Greater Sydney and in June 2015, Mr Mitchell was appointed Chairman of the Victorian Premier’s Job and Investment Panel.
In 2003, Mr Mitchell delivered the Andrew Olle Memorial Lecture on Media. In January 2004, he was awarded the Officer of the Order of Australia for his services as a benefactor and fundraiser in support of artistic and cultural endeavour.
Mr Mitchell was appointed Companion of the Order of Australia in 2010 for eminent service to the community through leadership and philanthropic endeavours in the fields of art, health and education and as a supporter of humanitarian aid in Timor-Leste and Indigenous communities.
In December 2011, Mr Mitchell was awarded an Honorary Doctorate – Doctor of Business Honoris Causa, by RMIT University.
Mr Mitchell was awarded the Victorian Australian of the Year for 2013.
In August 2013, Mr Mitchell was appointed Adjunct Professor, School of Humanities and Communications Arts, University of Western Sydney.
In December 2014, Melbourne University conferred on him an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws.
Mr Mitchell is a member of the Crown Corporate Social Responsibility and Nomination and Remuneration Committees and he sits on the Crown Resorts Foundation Board.
ROBERT J RANKIN, BEC, LLB
Mr Rankin is a Non-Executive Director of Crown Resorts Limited. Prior to joining Crown, Mr Rankin was Co-Global Head of Corporate Banking and Securities and Global Head of Corporate Finance at Deutsche Bank AG. Mr Rankin was previously Chairman of Crown Resorts and Chief Executive Officer of Consolidated Press Holdings Pty Limited.
Mr Rankin holds Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Law degrees, both obtained at the University of Sydney. Mr Rankin is also a Director of Melco Crown Entertainment Limited and Chair of the Crown Investment Committee.