James Strong is currently Chairman of Woolworths Limited, Kathmandu Holdings Limited, the Australia Council for the Arts and the Local Organising Committee for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. James is also a Director of Qantas Airways Limited, a Director of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of the Nomura Australia Advisory Board.
James was formerly the Chief Executive and Managing Director of Qantas Airways Limited from 1993 to 2001, Chairman of Insurance Australia Group (IAG) Limited, Chairman of Rip Curl Group Pty Limited, Group Chief Executive of DB Group Limited in New Zealand, National Managing Partner and later Chairman of law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Chief Executive of Trans Australian Airlines (later Australian Airlines) and Executive Director of the Australian Mining Industry Council.
He has been admitted as a barrister and/or solicitor in various state jurisdictions in Australia.
In 2006 James was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for his services to business and commerce, particularly in the aviation, insurance and retail fields, and to the arts as an administrator and philanthropist.