Changes at the top AICD Review

  • Date:01 Dec 2003
  • Type:CompanyDirectorMagazine
The new leaders of AICD were announced last month with Don Mercer appointed AICD chairman at the annual general meeting and Ralph Evans appointed chief executive officer.

Changes at the top

The new leaders of AICD were announced last month with Don Mercer appointed AICD chairman at the annual general meeting and Ralph Evans appointed chief executive officer.

Mercer succeeds Elizabeth Alexander who has retired as chairman after a three-year term. A Fellow of AICD since 1995, Mercer has been AICD vice-president for the past three years and a practising director for 20 years.

Prior to full-time professional directorship, he spent 19 years in the petroleum industry and 13 years in the banking sector, including five years as CEO of ANZ Bank. He is chairman of Australia Pacific Airports, Orica, and the State Orchestra of Victoria.

New CEO Ralph Evans joins AICD as John Hall leaves to become a director and consultant.

A practising director for 15 years and Fellow of AICD, Evans has particular experience as a director of venture capital companies and a management consultant. He has an MBA from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from Sydney University.

He was one of the founders of the management consulting firm Pappas Carter Evans & Koop, which merged with the Boston Consulting Group in 1990 where he was appointed a vice-president. More recently, Evans was managing director of Austrade from 1991 to 1996.

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