The Commonwealth Bank of Australia will soon have another woman on its board, after Professor Genevieve Bell was appointed as a non-executive director.
There are currently four women on CBA’s nine-person board, including Mary Padbury, Wendy Stops, Anne Templeman-Jones and its chair Catherine Livingstone.
Bell is a cultural anthropologist, technologist and futurist. She is a Distinguished Professor at the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the Australian National University (ANU). She spent 18 years with Intel prior to joining ANU, including as vice president of the tech company’s Digital Home Group.
With the Autonomy, Agency and Assurance (3A) Institute, she has been working to build a new university curriculum on the three areas by 2020. She recently told the AFR she was appointed to lead the venture between the ANU, the CSIRO and Data61 because she is “disruptive and slightly difficult.”
She said her leadership experience in Silicon Valley has taught her about the need for “experiments into the future” as well as the need to trial new things, even if it’s uncomfortable.
She’s well-known for her work examining the intersection of cultural practice and technology development, as well as bringing non-traditional skills to engineering and computing.
CBA chair Catherine Livingstone said on the appointment. ““I am delighted to welcome Genevieve as a Director of Commonwealth Bank. With her thorough understanding of technology in society and business, Genevieve will bring a unique and strategic perspective as we pursue our purpose of improving the financial wellbeing of our customers and communities.”
Bell’s appointment starts from the 1st January 2019.