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Ann Sherry, Executive Chairman of Carnival Australia, Joins Palladium's Board

Palladium announced today the appointment of Ann Sherry, executive chairman of Carnival Australia, to its board of directors. Sherry’s appointment comes on the heels of a series of acquisitions and a public re-launch of the combined companies – previously known as GRM Futures Group – under the name Palladium.

Sherry, who has received numerous accolades for her leadership in business, has led a distinguished career that has encompassed private sector executive roles and public service. She joined Carnival Australia as CEO in 2007 and has led the industry’s extraordinary growth in the years that followed. Prior to Carnival Australia, Ann spent 12 years with Westpac including roles as CEO, Westpac New Zealand, the CEO of the Bank of Melbourne and Group Executive, People & Performance. Sherry was a driver of cultural change, community engagement and customer focus in commercial and retail banking. Before joining Westpac, Sherry was first assistant secretary of the Office of the Status of Women in Canberra, advising the prime minister on policies and programs to improve the status of women and was Australia’s representative to the United Nations forums on human rights and women’s rights.

Kim Bredhauer, group managing director and CEO of Palladium, applauding the board’s unanimous decision to appoint Sherry said, “Ann’s appointment to our board continues our forward momentum to be a leader in the development and delivery of positive impact solutions. An astute and accomplished business executive, Ann has extensive experience in both the private and public sectors which provides a keen vantage point to innovative ways of creating both economic value and social impact. This vantage point aligns perfectly with our vision of the emerging impact economy, and I look forward to the contributions she will make toward our future growth.”

In addition to her executive roles, Sherry holds a number of non-executive roles including ING Direct (Australia), The Myer Family Company Holdings Pty Ltd, Australian Rugby Union and The MCA. Sherry is also the chairperson of Safe Work Australia. She is a fellow of the Institute of Public Administration and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In 2001, Sherry was awarded a Centenary Medal by the Australian Government for her work on providing banking services to disadvantaged communities. In 2004, she was awarded an Order of Australia 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. In 2011, Sherry was listed in the FTSE Top 100 Women in Leadership report. In 2013, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by Macquarie University and an Honorary Doctorate of Business from University of Queensland in 2014. She has been named Australia's Woman of Influence in the AFR / Westpac Women of Influence Awards.

“I am delighted to join Palladium’s board which has recently successfully positioned the company for significant expansion and impact in many areas around the world,” said Sherry. “Palladium’s vision of delivering positive impact by collaborating with governments, for profits and non profits is both admirable and entirely necessary to tackle today’s ever changing business and development landscape.”