Google’s head of Performance Susan Wheeldon-Steele has been appointed to the board of Centuria Capital (CNI), becoming the first female director to sit on the board of the ASX-listed specialist investment manager board.
Wheeldon-Steele has held senior roles all over the world and in a range of industries, and is known as an innovation and digital transformation expert. In a statement, she said she’s thrilled to be joining a company with a “combined enthusiasm for change to future proof the business and drive aggressive growth”.
She came to the attention of Centuria Chair Garry Charny through Women On Boards, with a new search algorithm on the WOB database aiming to better help companies on their search for female directors.
She’s also an example of the new types of skill-sets companies are looking for to create better boards. As Charny said on the appointment: “We are delighted to have someone of Susan’s calibre and unique skill set, particularly in the digital space, to join the Board at a time of major growth for the Company. She is a step towards the future.”
Currently with Google, Wheeldon-Steele has previously held senior roles at DLA Piper, King & Wood Mallesons, Virgin Australia & Virgin Atlantic, AMP Capital and Groupon. She has an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management, and is a regular speaker on digital solutions that improve businesses and brands.
She has been a member of Women on Boards for a number of years, and completed a range of programs where she came to the attention of WOB principals.