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

Executive Chairman

Mr Alexander is the Executive Chairman of Crown and is also a Director of a number of companies, including Seven West Media Limited. Mr Alexander is also Chairman of the 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, Responsible Gaming and Risk Management Committees.


The Honourable Helen A Coonan, BA, LLB

Non-executive Director

Ms Coonan is a former Senator for New South Wales serving in the Australian Parliament from 1996 to 2011.
Ms Coonan holds Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws degrees 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 Place Management NSW (formerly the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority), Chair of Supervised
Investments Australia Limited, a member of the J.P Morgan Advisory Council, 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 a Non-executive Director of Australian Children’s Television
Foundation and is a consultant to Samsung Electronics Australia and Allegis Partners.
 
Ms Coonan serves on the Corporate Council of the European Australian Business Council and the Australia-
Israel Chamber of Commerce Advisory Council. She is also a member of Chief Executive Women.
 
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 and is also a mentor at Stone and Chalk (start-up hub).
 
Ms Coonan is the Chair of the Crown Audit and Corporate Governance Committee and the Corporate Social
Responsibility Committee. She also sits on the Crown Finance Committee, and is Chair of the Crown Resorts
Foundation.

 


Andrew Demetriou, BA, BEd

Non-executive Director

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 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

Non-executive Director

Geoff 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 major tourism authority, Tourism Australia, for six years until 2015.
 
Mr Dixon is currently Chairman of the privately-held Australian Pub Fund, Great Walks of Australia and the
Garvan Medical Research Foundation. He is on the Board of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and is an Ambassador for the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation.

He is Chairman of the Crown Nomination and Remuneration Committee, the Risk Management Committee and the Finance Committee.


Professor John S Horvath, AO, MB, BS (Syd), FRACP

Non-executive Director

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 was a Governor of the Centenary Institute of Medical Research until January 2016. He was a member of the Advisory Council to the Australian Organ and Tissue Donation Agency. He is a member of the Finance and Administration Committee of the School of Medicine at the University of Sydney. Professor Horvath was 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 the Investment
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 Limited 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 and a Director of the Ramsay Hospital Medical Research Institute.


Michael R Johnston, BEc, CA

Non-executive Director

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 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, Investment and Occupational Health and Safety Committees.


Harold C Mitchell, AC

Non-executive Director

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, Board
member 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.


james D packer

Non-executive Director

James Packer is Chairman of Consolidated Press Holdings Pty Ltd (CPH). CPH owns and operates a portfolio of investments and assets across the entertainment, leisure, information technology, retail and financial services sectors.

The CPH group is a substantial shareholder of Crown and Mr Packer is the former Chairman of Crown.

Crown is also an investor in the Nobu hospitality group and Mr Packer serves on Nobu’s Board of Directors.

In 2014, Mr Packer formed the Packer Family Foundation which, together with the Crown Resorts Foundation, has committed $200 million of funding through the National Philanthropic Fund, a joint initiative of the Foundations. The National Philanthropic Fund distributes funds to good causes in the fields of education, arts and community inclusion.