|Ann Sherry AO|
Ann Sherry is currently the Executive Chairman of Carnival Australia, the largest cruise ship operator in Australasia. Sherry was appointed CEO of Carnival Australia in July 2007 following a diverse career in banking and public sector. Sherry has played a leadership role in the expansion of the Australian cruise industry including the growth of P&O Cruises’ fleet and the Australian customer base across all Carnival brands.
Recruited to Westpac in 1994, Sherry commenced a 13-year career with the organization. Her first eight years with Westpac spanned senior leadership roles within the HR and public affairs functions, and working through key acquisitions (including Challenge Bank and Bank of Melbourne). Sherry's success as Chief Executive Officer of the Bank of Melbourne led to her appointment as Chief Executive of the New Zealand and Pacific banking business. Sherry made a powerful impact in the New Zealand operation, resuscitating the brand in business and retail sectors, as well as turning staff morale around and delivering a real and highly visible Westpac presence in a tightly congested, diverse and participant-rich financial services market.
In addition to her business contributions, Sherry instituted some major cultural initiatives at Westpac. In particular, Westpac became an industry leader as a result of the paid maternity-leave policy and the focus on women in business.
She has also been instrumental in initiating and delivering an internationally renowned CSR program at Westpac. Sherry was awarded a Cententary Medal in 2003 by the Australian Government and then awarded an Order of Australia in 2004.