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RMIT College of Business appoints transformational advisory board


26 March 2012: One of Australia’s largest global business schools, RMIT University’s College of Business continues to set high standards with the announcement of a distinguished Industry Advisory Board.

Professor Ian Palmer, Pro Vice-Chancellor Business and Vice-President, said: “Our high-profile Board includes Telstra Chief Information Officer, Patrick Eltridge, and Graham Hodges, Deputy CEO, ANZ Bank.”

Gerhard Vorster, Chief Strategy Officer, Deloitte, will chair the inaugural eight-member Board. Facilitator of the Innovation stream of the national 2020 Summit, Mr Vorster worked closely with Board member Dr Terry Cutler, who also chaired Australia’s review of the National Innovation System – and authored the Venturous Australia report.

Along with Laura Anderson, Company Director and International Corporate Advisor, Dr Chris Behrenbruch, CEO, ImaginAb, Inc., Raphael Geminder, Chairman, PACT Group, and Jan Owen AM, CEO, Foundation for Young Australians, the new Board will create a strategic bridge between the latest in technology and design thinking and business.

Mr Vorster said: “Given the current economic backdrop of a sustained high Australian dollar and global volatility, which has created a particularly tough tertiary education market, the Board has agreed that a successful business school needs powerful ‘industry connections’ and the ability to differentiate in a global marketplace.

“Our role will be to assist the College of Business to create national and international ‘job-ready’ graduates who can deepen the nation’s skills capability at a time of great global change and opportunity.”

The inaugural Industry Advisory Board will play a crucial role in guiding the strategic development of the College of Business both nationally and internationally.

Dr Cutler said: “RMIT’s College of Business is an urban laboratory for excellence in design and creativity. It has a vision to transform the future. That vision is predicated on combining innovation, competitiveness, and productivity. This coupling is about real wealth creation and the quality of life – I am keen to help steer this journey.”

Mr Hodges said: “That RMIT has one of the biggest global business schools in Australia, with over 20,000 local and international students, more than 50 per cent of them located at offshore campuses in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, or at partner institutions in Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Malaysia, is a great foundation for the future.”

Mr Hodges added that ANZ’s ambitions to be a major player in Asia aligned well with the Asia-centricity of the College of Business. “It is a good strategic fit,” he said.
Telstra’s CIO, Patrick Eltridge, along with Dr Chris Behrenbruch, are keen to leverage the fact that the College of Business is unique in that it is part of the only university of technology and design in Australia.

Mr Eltridge said: “The College is differentiated by a curriculum that integrates a suite of bachelor of business degrees and proposes an educational process that will incorporate the latest in technology and design thinking. It’s an exciting time to partner with RMIT. I’m looking forward to being a part of that transformation.”


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