Ms Elizabeth Bryan AMBA (Econ.), MA (Econ.)
Chairman and Independent Non-Executive Director
Ms Elizabeth Bryan was appointed company Chairman and to the VAH Board on 20 May 2015.
Elizabeth is one of Australia’s most respected corporate leaders, bringing more than 30 years of leadership experience and strategic and financial expertise to the Board. She has held senior positions in a diverse range of industries including financial services, oil and gas, agriculture, aviation, management consulting and the public sector.
Elizabeth is also Chairman of Insurance Australia Group.
Elizabeth has served as Chairman of Caltex Australia Limited and UniSuper Limited as well as a Director of Westpac Banking Corporation and a large number of other Australian public, private and government-owned companies. Elizabeth also held the position of Chief Executive Officer of Deutsche Asset Management Australia and its predecessor organisation the State Super Investment and Management Corporation for over a decade.
Mr John Borghetti AO
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer
John has more than 40 years of experience in the aviation sector having previously held a number of senior positions at Qantas, leaving the company in May 2009. John is also a Director of Coca-Cola Amatil Limited and the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
He was previously a Director of CARE Australia (2005-2011), The Australian Ballet (2009-2011), Piper Aircraft (USA) (2009-2010) and Energy Australia (2012-2015).
Mr David Baxby
B.Com (Acct), LLB (Hons)
Mr David Baxby was appointed to the VAH Board as a Director on 30 September 2004.
David is the Chairman of Frontier Digital Ventures Limited and a Non-Executive Director of Unlockd Limited, Workpac Limited and Velocity Frequent Flyer Holdco Pty Ltd and its subsidiaries.
David is also a Councillor of Bond University Limited. Previously, David was the Global Chief Executive Officer and President of Global Blue and the Co-Chief Executive Officer of the Virgin Group, Richard Branson’s holding company. His past Directorships include Virgin Atlantic Ltd, Virgin Holidays Ltd, Virgin America Inc and Air Asia X. David was also an investment banker for nine years with Goldman Sachs.
Mr Marvin TanBA International Relations, Stanford University
Mr Marvin Tan was appointed as Alternate Director to Mr Goh Choon Phong from 4 July 2014 to 1 January 2016 and appointed to the VAH Board as a Director on 1 January 2016.
Marvin is currently the Senior Vice President Product and Services for Singapore Airlines. Marvin joined Singapore Airlines in 1996 and has held various positions in the company both in Singapore and overseas. Prior to his current role, Marvin was the Senior Vice President Cabin Crew. Marvin was also seconded to SilkAir, Singapore Airlines’ regional subsidiary, as the airline’s Chief Executive. Marvin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from Stanford University.
Mr Bruno MatheuMaster of Science, École Centrale Paris
Mr Bruno Matheu was appointed to the VAH Board as a Director on 18 February 2015.
Bruno brings to the Group almost 30 years of senior management experience in the global aviation industry.
Bruno joined Etihad Airways in December 2014 as COO, Airline Equity Partners. In May 2016, he was appointed as CEO, Airline Equity Partners of Etihad Airways. He is responsible for strategic developments to optimise business performance, revenues and cost synergies between Etihad Airways and its equity partner airlines, and provide strategic leadership support for partners in which Etihad Airways has management responsibility.
Previously, Bruno was Chief Long Haul Officer at Air France after holding a range of other senior executive roles at that airline. Bruno has been a member of the Air France and Air France-KLM Executive Boards for 17 years.
He has also served on the Boards of Alitalia and the global distribution company Amadeus.
Ms Samantha Mostyn
Ms Samantha Mostyn was appointed to the VAH Board as a Director on 1 September 2010.
Samantha is a Non-Executive Director and corporate advisor and has previously held senior executive positions at IAG, Optus and Cable & Wireless Plc. Samantha became a Director of the Transurban Group in December 2010, Citibank Australia in July 2011, Cover-More Group Ltd in December 2013 and Mirvac Group in March 2015.
Samantha is a Board member of the Australia Council for the Arts, the Climate Council and Carriageworks. She is also President of ACFID and Deputy Chair of the Diversity Council of Australia.
Samantha served as an AFL Commissioner until March 2016 and has previously served as a Commissioner with the National Mental Health Commission. She also served on the Review into the Treatment of Women in the Australian Defence Force.
Mr Robert Thomas
B.Econ, MSAA, SF Fin
Mr Robert Thomas was appointed to the VAH Board as a Director on 8 September 2006.
Robert has more than 40 years of experience in the securities industry. He is the Chairman of Starpharma Holdings Ltd, Aus Bio Ltd and Grahger Retail Securities Pty Ltd. He is a Director of O’Connell Street Associates Pty Ltd, REVA Medical, Inc and Biotron Ltd. Robert was previously a Director of Heartware International, Inc.
Mr Warwick Negus
BBus (UTS), MCom (UNSW), SF Fin
Mr Warwick Negus is a Director of the ASX-listed companies Washington H Soul Pattinson and Bank of Queensland, a Director of the diversified real estate company Terrace Tower Group and Chairman of UNSW
From 2005 – 2008, Warwick was Chief Executive of Colonial First State Global Asset Management, Australia’s largest fund manager. Prior to this, Warwick co-founded 452 Capital, an independent fund management company, and held a number of senior positions in asset management and investment banking at Goldman Sachs in Hong Kong, Singapore, London and Sydney.
Warwick is also a member of Council of University of NSW and the Sydney Advisory Board of the Salvation Army.
The Hon. Mark Vaile AO
Former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia
The Hon. Mark Vaile was appointed to the VAH Board as a Director on 22 September 2008.
Mark is Chairman of Whitehaven Coal Ltd, Palisade’s Regional Infrastructure Fund and Australia Korea Business Council and was previously Chairman of CBD Energy Ltd. Mark is a Director of Stamford Land Corporation Ltd, HostPlus Superfund Ltd, SmartTrans Holdings Ltd and Servcorp Ltd.
In 2012 Mark was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia in the Queen’s birthday honours list.
Mark was a Member of the Australian Parliament from 1993 to 2008. He was Deputy Prime Minister (2005-2007), Minister for Trade (1999-2006), Minister for Transport and Aviation (1997-1998, 2006-2007) and Minister for Agriculture (1998-1999).
Dr Chien-tsung Lu
Public Administration (Aviation Concentration), Ph.D, Aviation Safety M.S, FAA Airframe & Powerplant Certificate, FCC GROL, Applied Mathematics, BS
Dr Chien-tsung Lu was appointed to the VAH Board as a Director on 16 November 2016.
Lu is currently the Vice Chairman of Qingdao Airlines, a subsidiary of Nanshan Group. He was appointed to Qingdao Airlines’ Board of Directors in January 2016. His major responsibilities at Qingdao Airlines include flight operation, revenue management, safety, human resources and international engagement and collaboration.
Lu has a tenured professorship at Purdue University, USA. Between September 2013 and December 2015, he served as the Dean of Nanshan Aeronautical College. Lu is renowned for his aviation safety research focusing on Safety Management Systems.
Mr Nang Qi
BA Aviation Technology
Mr Nang Qi (Frank) was appointed to the VAH Board as a Director on 16 November 2016.
Frank is currently Chief Innovation Officer at HNA Aviation Group Co. Ltd. Prior to his current role, Frank held various roles within the HNA Group’s companies including Deputy General Manager of the Finance Department at HNA Group Co Ltd and President of HNA Group Import and Export Co Ltd.
Mr Ken DeanB.Com (Hons), FCPA, FAICD
Independent Non-Executive Director
Mr Ken Dean was appointed to the VAH Board as a Director on 1 December 2016.
Ken is a Director and the Chair of the Audit and Risk committees at Energy Australia and Bluescope Steel. Previously, Mr Dean was a Director of the Santos for 11 years and the Chief Financial Officer of resources company Alumina Limited for four years.
Ken also worked for Shell Group for 30 years, during which time he held a number of executive financial roles, managing foreign exchange and money markets, insurance, mergers and acquisitions, internal audit, financial control and SAP implementation. He was Chief Executive Officer of Shell Financial Services, a member of the Shell Group Global Senior Management Team and Executive Director of Finance and Corporate Services for Shell Australia.
Ken is also the Non-Executive Chairman of the not-for-profit organisation Mission Australia.