Dr John Schubert AO
Media Release: 01 May 2013
The Garvan Institute of Medical Research is delighted to announce the appointment this week of Dr John Schubert AO to its Board by the Governor of New South Wales, Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, and his subsequent election by the Board as its Chair. He succeeds Mr Bill Ferris AC, Garvan Chairman since 2001.
John Schubert is a past president of the Business Council of Australia and a former chairman of the Commonwealth Bank, a position he held from 2004 until his retirement in 2010. In 2001 he was appointed to the Qantas Airways Limited Board, holding the position until October 2012. In April, he retired as chairman of the biotechnology company G2 Therapies Ltd.
From 2000-2003, John was a director of Hanson plc, and from 2002-2004 he was chairman of Worley Group Limited. From 1993-2000 he was the Pioneer International Limited Managing Director and CEO.
A keen snorkeler and supporter of action to protect our environment, John has been a director of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation since 2001 and its chairman since 2004. He is also a director of BHP Billiton Limited and BHP Billiton Plc.
Born in Adelaide in 1942, John did his undergraduate studies and PhD at the University of Melbourne in Chemical Engineering. He then started his career with Esso Australia in 1969 and worked his way up through the organisation, being appointed chairman and managing director in 1988, a position he held until 1993.
Bill Ferris, who formally retired from the Garvan Board at a special meeting on 2 April, is a former chairman of the Federal Government's Health and Hospitals Fund Advisory Board. He is also a member of the expert panel appointed by the Federal Government to complete a Strategic Review of Health and Medical Research in Australia.
Executive chairman of the CHAMP Private Equity Group, one of Australia's leading private equity capital groups, providing venture capital, expansion capital and management buyout funding in Australasia, Bill Ferris was made an Officer in the Order of Australia in 1990 for services to the export industry. In 2008, he was made Companion in the Order of Australia for his philanthropic activities and his role in the establishment of the private equity sector.
“I am very pleased indeed to welcome and congratulate John Schubert as the new chairman of the Garvan Institute,” said Bill Ferris.
“From his successful time as chief executive of the Pioneer group to his public company directorships and leadership of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, John brings a wealth of experience and wisdom to the Garvan boardroom.”
John Schubert congratulated Bill Ferris on his outstanding twelve year contribution as Chairman of Garvan, during which time the Institute achieved many significant breakthroughs in medical research and Bill Ferris oversaw the conception, development, funding and completion of numerous initiatives including The Kinghorn Cancer Centre, recently opened.