BUSIEST DIRECTORS RIGHT NOW
Marina Go, 2021: has chaired struggling Adore Beauty since 2021 and also joined the Transurban board in 2021. Vowed to reduce her workload at the 2021 Adore AGM given she was also a director of Energy Australia (since 2017), 7-Eleven (since 2018), Autosports Group (since 2016) and Booktopia Group Limited (since 2020). She was also Chair of Netball Australia (since 2021), and a member of the UNSW Business Advisory Council and the ANU Centre for Asian-Australian Leadership Advisory Board. As of May 2023, she had dropped Booktopia and stepped back from chair of Netball Australia to just being a director, but this AICD press release when she joined its national board in January 2023 laid out a workload which is still ridiculously overloaded.
Richard Goyder, 2023: has simultaneously chaired Qantas, Woodside and the AFL ever since he retired as Wesfarmers CEO in 2017-18. The ridiculous nature of this triple play was demonstrated in early 2023 when over the space of 4 days he chaired a Woodside AGM where Ian McFarlane suffered a 35% protest vote (poor board responsiveness to shareholder concerns), then made the long overdue announcement of Gillon McLachlan's replacement as the AFL CEO and the arguably overdue announcement of Alan Joyce's successor as Qantas CEO. If he wasn't so busy, all of these challenges and processes could have been completed in a more timely manner with less controversy and protest.
Hamish McClennan, 2022: chair of Rugby Australia, HT&E, REA Group and Magellan Financial Group at the same time. Everything was fine until he stepped up as chair of Rugby Australia in June 2020 and then it got ridiculous when he was named as the independent chair of Magellan in February 2022.
Warwick Negus, 2021: see this piece in The Australian. The former head of Goldman Sachs and Colonial First State joined the Dexus board in January 2021 and became chair in . He also chairs Pengana Capital Group and is a director of Bank of Queensland and Soul Patts. Throw in board seats at the privately owned Virgin Australia, investment outfit Terrace Tower Group and Tantallon Capital Advisors and you have a ridiculous example of over-boarding.
BUSIEST DIRECTORS IN THE PAST
Helen Coonan, 2019: was already busy and then took on 3 new chairing gigs in 2019 at the Minerals Councils, AFCA and HGL, to then be simultaneously chairing 7 bodies and sitting on six other boards or advisory committees. The full ridiculous workload was spelt out on p5 of the notice of meeting for the 2019 Crown Resorts AGM where she was re-elected.
At that time, she was also:
# Chair, Minerals Council of Australia
# Chair, Australian Financial Complaints Authority
# Chair, HGL (listed company)
# Chair, Place Management NSW (Formerly Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority)
# Chair, Supervised Investments Australia
# Chair advisory board of Allegris Partners (head hunters)
# Co-chair GRA-Cosway
# Director, Crown Resorts
# Director, Snowy Hydro
# Director, Obesity Australia
# member, JP Morgan advisory council
# Director, Australian Children's Television Foundation
# Member, Commercial Advisory Council, Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce
# Member, Corporate Council, European Australian Business Council
David Crawford, 2005: the situation was summed up in this Crikey piece. In summary, he had these four takeover situations on the go at the same time:
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