Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is key to the dynamic culture that drives AmCham, and they reflect the forward-thinking ethos that drives us and our members onward. They are responsible for the policy, direction and governance of the organisational activities in all states.

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Chair
Maureen Dougherty

President, Boeing Australia, NZ & South Pacific
Boeing Australia Holdings Pty Ltd

Maureen Dougherty is president of Boeing Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific.  She is the senior company leader in the Oceania region and coordinates all Boeing activities, leads government relations and directs the implementation of Boeing’s strategy to expand its local presence and grow the business. Appointed in February 2014, Dougherty is based in Sydney, Australia. A thirty-five year veteran, Dougherty previously served as vice president and program manager for the KC-46 Tanker, the Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) surveillance aircraft, and the F-22 fighter programs. Dougherty is Chairperson of The American Chamber of Commerce in Australia, a Board Director of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation and the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney.  She is also a member of the Business Council of Australia and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. Maureen earned her master’s degree in Engineering from the University of Washington and received her undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.

Director
Deborah Chew

Partner - Corporate and Commercial
Hall & Wilcox Lawyers

Deborah has over 25 years of corporate and commercial experience across a broad range of commercial transactions, and has advised on substantial mergers and acquisitions and private equity and capital raising transactions. Deborah’s practice includes company and business acquisitions and sales, public and private issuances of equity and debt securities, shareholders agreements and joint ventures, management equity arrangements, commercial structuring and corporate organisational restructuring and corporate governance and ASX Listing Rule advice. Deborah has led and worked on a large number of major transactions, both at Hall & Wilcox and previous top tier firms (in Australia and the United States). Before joining Hall & Wilcox, Deborah was a partner at Allens Arthur Robinson and prior to that worked for almost ten years at a leading New York firm, Debevoise & Plimpton.

Director
Martin Creighan

Managing Director
AT&T

Martin Creighan was named Managing Director of AT&T Australia and New Zealand in 2013. With a career at AT&T that began in 2004, Martin is responsible for AT&T’s sales, business development and supporting business functions including service delivery, after sales support, marketing, finance and human resources for the region. Martin has more than 25 years’ experience in the technology, media and telecommunications industry and has a broad range of technical and business acumen. In Martin’s previous role as Director of Sales and business development for AT&T, he was responsible for growing business revenue and a local footprint to support multi-national enterprise customers. Prior to AT&T, Martin started his career in the US Navy where he spent almost 10 years as an Operations Specialist, he was responsible for building and project managing simulated warfare environments. Since then he has held Sales, Marketing and Business Management roles with Radware, SecureNet, Baltimore Technologies and Viasoft.

Director
Chris Morris

Partner, M&A and International Tax
PwC

Chris is a Partner at PwC Australia and leads the Deals (Mergers & Acquisitions) Tax group. Chris also leads the Financial Assurance USA inbound practice. Chris was appointed Partner in 2006 and soon after was seconded to PwC USA for two years to establish the Australian tax desk to advise USA based clients on their Australian tax requirements. On returning from the USA, Chris focussed on USA inbound investment into Australia and has advised on a number of listed company takeovers both by USA corporations and USA based Private Equity Funds. Chris has been an active member of Amcham as Chairperson of Amcham's Tax Committee since its inception.

Director
Richard Owen

Upstream Business Development Executive
ExxonMobil Australia Pty Ltd

Richard Owen graduated with a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from the University of Sydney in 1983, joining Esso Australia at the Longford Plants in Victoria. Following a number of engineering, operational and management assignments in Sale, Sydney and Melbourne, Richard moved to New Orleans, USA and was appointed as Operations Manager in 2001. Following a number of leadership roles in Houston, Alaska and Germany, Richard was appointed to the position of President and General Manager for ExxonMobil Indonesia in 2011. Richard returned to Melbourne in 2013 when he was named Chairman of the ExxonMobil Australia. In 2019, Richard was appointed to the role of Upstream Business Development Executive for ExxonMobil. Richard is the President of the Australian Resource and Energy Group (AMMA), and is a board member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia. Richard is a Fellow of Engineers Australia and the Institution of Chemical Engineers, a Life Member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Director
April Palmerlee

Chief Executive Officer
American Chamber of Commerce in Australia

April Palmerlee was named AmCham CEO in 2017 after a distinguished career in government, education, and the corporate sector in Australia and North America. Most recently, she served at the U.S. Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, Potomac Partners, and the Centre for Independent Studies. Before moving to Australia in 2003, she was the State Department’s Senior Coordinator for International Women’s Issues (now called Ambassador-at-Large, equivalent to Assistant Secretary). Before that, she held leadership roles at the Council on Foreign Relations, Oscar de la Renta, The Bank Credit Analyst, and The Spanish Institute. She serves on the boards of the Centre for Independent Studies and the Georgetown University Australian and New Zealand Studies Centre. She is also on the Fulbright Commission selection committee. American-born, Ms Palmerlee is a dual citizen. She received a Bachelor of Science from Georgetown University and a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Director
Vamsi Mohan V Thati

President
Coca-Cola South Pacific Pty Ltd

Vamsi Mohan is President of Coca-Cola South Pacific, and has been part of the Coca-Cola system for 20 years, joining the system in India in 1998. Vamsi Mohan has extensive experience within the Coca-Cola system, with a strong track record of delivering results and building capabilities around customer management, market execution, digital technologies and people development. Most recently, Vamsi served as the Region Director of Coca-Cola’s company-owned bottling businesses in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Previously, Vamsi served as the Region Director for the Coca-Cola company-owned bottling businesses in Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar. Prior to that, Vamsi was General Manager for Coca-Cola in Malaysia. Vamsi holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, India. He has also completed the Advanced Management Program from Harvard Business School.

Director
Bill Townsend

Acting Vice President Corporate Coordination
INPEX Operations Australia Pty Ltd

Bill Townsend is General Manager, External Affairs and Joint Venture at INPEX. In this role, Bill leads a 30-person team responsible for managing the company’s government and community relations, corporate social responsibility, Aboriginal affairs, regulatory approvals, communications, media relations and joint venture management. Bill joined INPEX in 2006 and is a member of the Ichthys LNG Project Executive Committee. Beginning his career as a US Navy submarine officer, Bill entered the oil and gas industry in 1994 as a Business Advisor to BP Russia based in Moscow. Further commercial and external affairs assignments with BP followed and include the Shah Deniz gas project in Azerbaijan and the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline project in Georgia as well as additional roles with BP in the Caspian region. Bill earned a BA (Political Science) from Northwestern University and an MBA from Dartmouth College. He resides in Perth, Western Australia.

Director
Jim Whalley

Chief Entrepreneur of South Australia
Government of South Australia

Jim Whalley is the CEO and co-founder of the Nova Group (www.novagroup.com.au ), an engineering and project management professional services firm spanning defence, transport, utilities, energy and communications. Jim is a former RAAF fighter pilot and test pilot and among other qualifications holds a BSc, an MBA and is a Graduate of the Harvard Business School OPM Executive Education Program and the UK Empire Test Pilots’ School. Jim currently serves on several defence, industry and university boards and advisory committees. The Nova Group itself employs over 300 people throughout Australia and in the UK, NZ and Singapore with skills in areas ranging from flight testing and electronic warfare to system safety and satellite communications. Nova has been listed as an SA Top 100 company, a BRW fast 100 company, an SA Fast Movers Company and one of the BRW 50 best places to work in Australia.