Jobs for NSW board and CEO established

27 November 2015

Jobs for NSW board and CEO established

A new private-sector led, government-backed Board tasked with turbocharging the NSW economy to deliver 150,000 new jobs has met for the first time.

The Jobs for NSW Board has the following members:

  • David Thodey (Chair), former CEO of Telstra and Chair of the CSIRO Board;
  • Mike Cannon-Brookes, co-founder and CEO of Atlassian Software Systems – a major multi-billion software firm which started in Sydney in 2002
  • Jane Cay, founder of Cooma-based online fashion business Birdsnest and a founding board member of the National Online Retailers Association;
  • Dr Chris Roberts, who until August 2015 was the CEO and president of Cochlear Limited – a global market leader in implantable devices for hearing impaired;
  • Helen Zimmerman, Group General Manager of Government & Stakeholder Relations at Navitas Ltd – a global education provider;
  • Blair Comley, Secretary, NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet and;
  • Simon Smith, Secretary, NSW Department of Industry.

In announcing the board members, NSW Minister for Industry Anthony Roberts said:

"The Board will advise the NSW Government on the best use of the $190 million Jobs for NSW fund and assist in delivering our commitment to create 150,000 new jobs for the state.

"We want NSW to be a global leader when it comes to innovative policies to drive job creation and maximise the state's resources, talent and potential."

Further information about each of the board members is available at Jobs for NSW.

New CEO appointed

Jobs for NSW Chair David Thodey said the Board was delighted that Karen Borg – who was most recently the Asia-Pacific President of medical equipment manufacturer ResMed - had agreed to be the Jobs for NSW Chief Executive Officer. Ms Borg begins in the role on Monday, 30 November.

Karen brings a unique mix of skills to this high profile role with broad international experience and business acumen, which is important for the people of NSW.

Ms Borg said she was delighted to take on the role of Jobs for NSW CEO.

"Jobs for NSW is a first for any Government in Australia. From the get-go it demonstrates a strong commitment to new thinking and innovation.

"I'm looking forward to working with the Board, the Department of Industry and other stakeholders to drive innovative business growth to create a lasting and meaningful legacy for potentially hundreds of thousands of people in NSW," she said.

Ms Borg has worked as an executive in established and emerging markets with household names including Nestle, Revlon, Goodman Fielder, Seagram and Johnson & Johnson.

Minister for Industry Anthony Roberts and Minister for Regional Development John Barilaro attended the first board meeting.

For more information visit the Jobs for NSW website.