PREMIER John Brumby has hailed the appointment of Christine Nixon to the Foster’s board as a positive step towards gender equality.
Global beverages group Foster’s Group Ltd has appointed the former chief commissioner of Victoria Police to the board as a non-executive director.
“I think it’s great to see more women on boards,” Mr Brumby said.
“One of the problems we have got with boards is there’s hardly any women on them at the major companies around Australia.
“Frankly, Australia is way behind the rest of the world.
“She is a distinguished woman with a great career, her performance in terms of bushfire recovery has been exemplary, her performance as the chief commissioner was exemplary, so she’s a great appointment.
“In terms of alcohol, she’s got strong views,” Mr Brumby added. “You saw those when she was chief commissioner and I’m sure she will express those views on the board of Foster’s.”
The appointment is effective from today.
“I’m excited by the opportunity.” Ms Nixon said in a statement today.
“I look forward to drawing on my management experience and understanding of community issues to make a meaningful contribution as a Foster’s Director.”
Ms Nixon led the Victorian police force for eight years before retiring in February 2009.
After her retirement, Ms Nixon was appointed to oversee the response to the Black Saturday bushfires as chair of the Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority.
“Christine’s leadership, management experience and her strong community focus will be an asset at the Fosters board table,” Foster’s chairman David Crawford said.