Chairman||Carnival Australia

Ann is one of Australia's leading business executives with a career that spans Government, Banking and Cruise Tourism. She is currently the Chairman of Carnival Australia, the largest cruise ship operator in Australasia and a division of Carnival Corporation & Plc. After joining as Chief Executive Officer in 2007, she has transformed the industry and growth has been in double digits each year since.

Ann is the Chair of UNICEF Australia, a Council Member of Philanthropy Australia and currently holds non-executive roles with National Australia Bank, Sydney Airport, Palladium Group, Rugby Australia, Cape York Partnerships, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and Infrastructure Victoria.

Ann is the Australian Co-Chair of the ANZLF and has been involved with the forum since 2002 when she moved to New Zealand as CEO of Westpac NZ.

Beginning working life as a radiographer, Ann became First Assistant Secretary of the Office of the Status of Women in Canberra before moving to the banking sector initially in HR roles, then in CEO roles with the Bank of Melbourne and Westpac NZ and Pacific.

The Australian Government awarded Ann the Centenary Medal in 2001 and in 2004 she became an Officer of the Order of Australia. In 2015, Ann was named as the overall winner of the Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence. Ann devotes considerable energy to her passion for women’s rights, currently convening the MCC STEM group, opportunity for Indigenous communities, philanthropy and to the arts.