Ann Sherry AO
Ann is CEO of Carnival Australia, the largest cruise ship operator in Australasia and a division of Carnival Corporation. Carnival is the world’s largest cruise ship operator and owner of the iconic brands P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises, Aida, Cunard, Holland America and Seabourn. She has transformed the industry and growth has been double digit each year since 2007.
Ann is also a member of the global leadership team at Carnival Corporation and is involved in the development of regulation, training and improved practices on ships globally.
Prior to this, Ann was with Westpac for 12 years and was Chief Executive Officer, Westpac New Zealand, CEO, Bank of Melbourne and Group Executive, People & Performance. She was a driver of cultural change, community engagement and customer focus in commercial and retail banking.
Before joining Westpac, Ann was First Assistant Secretary of the Office of the Status of Women in Canberra, advising the Prime Minister on policies and programmes to improve the status of women and was Australia’s representative to the United Nations forums on human rights and women’s rights.
In addition to her executive role, Ann holds a number of non-executive roles including ING Direct (Australia), The Myer Family Company Holdings Pty Ltd, Australian Rugby Union and Jawun. Ann is the Chair of Safe Work Australia, Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (AIEF) and Deputy Chair of the Tourism & Transport Forum.
Ann is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Ann was awarded a Centenary Medal by the Australian Government in 2001 for her work on providing banking services to disadvantaged communities.
She was also awarded an Order of Australia in 2004 for her contribution to the Australian community through the promotion of corporate management policies and practices that embrace gender equity, social justice and work and family partnerships.
Ann was listed in the FTSE 100 Women in Leadership in 2011.
In 2013, she was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters by Macquarie University for her contribution to business and civil society.