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Monday, 06 June 2011 08:30

Huawei Australia recruits Downer, Brumby and Lord as board members


Huawei has named former Howard Government foreign minister, Alexander Downer, former Victorian premier, John Brumby, and John Lord as directors of Huawei Australia, following its announcement in April of plans to appoint local directors of the subsidiary.

The board now comprises these three and Huawei Australia CEO Mr Guo Fulin, Huawei South Pacific president Mr Jeff Liu and two members from Huawei's global board: global director Ms Chen Lifang, and global executive director Mr Li Jie. Lord will chair the board, which will meet in Australia and at Huawei's global headquarters in Shenzhen, China.

Huawei corporate affairs director, Jeremy Mitchell, said: "Huawei is now a major player in the Australian market, so the formation of a local board was a natural step for our business. The three independent board directors will bring unparalleled experience in public administration and business, and will play a central role in steering Huawei's Australian operations, as well as advancing Huawei's business proposition to industry and government."

When it announced plans for the local board in April, Huawei said it had appointed executive search firm Egon Zehnder to "engage with a list of high-profile Australian leaders with proven experience in politics and the business community."

Downer retired from politics in 2008 after a career spanning 23 years. He was Australia's longest serving foreign minister during the Howard Government from March 1996 to December 2007 and leader of the Opposition and leader of the Parliamentary Liberal Party from May 1994 to January 1995.

He now runs his own strategic advisory business, Bespoke Approach, and serves as secretary general of the United Nation's special advisor on Cyprus at the level of under secretary general. He is also a visiting professor of politics and international trade at the University of Adelaide and sits on a number of boards.

Brumby was premier of Victoria from 2007 to 2010 and before that served six years as treasurer, six years as leader of the Victorian Opposition and seven years as federal Member of Parliament for Bendigo during the Hawke Government.

Lord is chairman of DMS Maritime Services and a member of the Victorian Government's Defence Council as well as other Government advisory bodies. He is a former chief executive and director of the Marine Board of Victoria, and a member of the Australian Maritime Group and the National Plan Committee for maritime emergency responses around Australia.

He was executive director of P&O Maritime Services and was also a director of Australian Maritime Systems, Austen Maritime Services Pte based in Singapore, and P&O Maritime Services UK and South Africa. He served with the Royal Australian Navy for over 36 years and retired with the rank of Rear Admiral.

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