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Keynote Speaker 2016

Christine Holgate - Rabobank Leadership Award 2016 Keynote Speaker

Christine Holgate

Chief Executive Officer – Blackmores Limited

Christine has over 30 years of diverse international leadership experience in highly regulated industries, including healthcare, media, telecommunications and finance. Christine was appointed to her current role as Blackmores Chief Executive Officer in November 2008.

She has over 20 years public board experience as either a Non-Executive Director or CEO and has held senior management positions in Asia, the Americas and Australia. Christine’s prime responsibilities have been leading teams through significant change to deliver growth and expansion in Asia. Christine has three post-graduate diplomas and a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA).

Christine is the inaugural Chair of the Board of the Australia-ASEAN Council, supporting the development of trade and cultural relations between Australia and the 10 member countries of the ASEAN region. She also serves on the Board of Collingwood Football Club and was a Non-Executive Director of Ten Network Holdings Limited for five years, retiring in December 2015.

In 2015 Christine was recognised in the top 100 Women of Influence in Australia by the Australian Financial Review and named CEO of the Year by CEO Magazine/CEO Institute (she was the first female to win this award). She was also named the highest performing CEO in Australia by the Daily Telegraph and received the Australian Growth Company Award for Women in Leadership. In 2013 Christine was honoured with the Rotary Paul Harris Award in recognition of her charitable work.