Business Leader John Pollaers appointed Fellow and Executive-in-Residence

October 14 / 145

Executive-in-Residence John Pollaers
Executive-in-Residence John Pollaers

John Pollaers has been appointed as an Executive-in-Residence and Fellow of the Faculty of Business and Economics.

The Dean of the Faculty, Professor Paul Kofman said the appointment presented a great opportunity for faculty and students to learn from John's international expertise.

“We are delighted to have secured an industry leader of his calibre as an inaugural resident for the Executive-in-Residence Programme in the Department of Managing and Marketing,” Professor Kofman said.

“We strive to be thought leaders in our disciplines and John’s noted international experience and recognised social conscience deepens our pool of knowledge on the management challenges and opportunities facing Australian industry today.”

The departmental Executive-in-Residence Programmes host distinguished business leaders from a wide range of fields and backgrounds for short-term residencies in their disciplines of expertise.

Through public and internal engagement activities these senior business leaders bring knowledge and industry expertise to both students and staff, enhancing public debate with their insights.

Mr Pollaers said he had always considered it a responsibility for business leaders to share their experiences in support of others.

“Playing my part in shaping future industry and current thought leaders is a privilege I am looking forward to while at the University of Melbourne,” he said.

Mr Pollaers brings 20 years of leadership experience to the Executive-in-Residence Programme, most recently as the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Pacific Brands.

Prior to this, Mr Pollaers was Chief Executive Officer of Foster’s Group Limited, and Global President Asia Pacific at Diageo. He is currently the Chairman of the Australian Advanced Manufacturing Council, Co-chair of the National Breast Cancer Foundation Council and Advisory Board Member at the University’s Centre for Workplace Leadership.

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