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Glen Boreham (AM)

Managing Director, IBM Australia, 2006-2011

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Glen Boreham currently holds a number of Board positions.  He is Chair of Screen Australia, a position he has held since 2008 when it was created.  Screen Australia is the Australian Government’s agency responsible for developing a competitive film, television and new media industry while providing support for projects of cultural significance. Created by the merger of three former agencies, this task involved bringing together a new board and executive team and building a fresh culture within the organisation.

In addition, Glen is Chair of the Australian Government’s Convergence Review. This review will undertake a comprehensive examination of Australia’s media and telecommunications industries as they face both the opportunities and threats from rapidly changing technologies.

Further, Glen is Chairman of the Industry Advisory Board for the University of Technology, Sydney.  He is a member of the Male Champions of Change group, which is CEOs working with the Federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner to promote increased participation of women in the workforce.  He is a mentor with Merryck and Co, which provides guidance to key business leaders.

Most recently, Glen was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2012 for his service to business and to the information technology sector, to professional associations, and to the arts.  In 2011, he was appointed a Non-Executive Director of Data#3, a significant IT company. 

Prior to this, Glen was Managing Director of IBM Australia and New Zealand – a business of 15,000 employees and annual revenues of over $4 billion – for five years until stepping down in January 2011. In this period, revenue grew at over twice the rate of the IT market and profits doubled. He gained substantial global experience in his 25 year career with IBM, working for two years in Japan in Asia Pacific roles and for six years in Europe with responsibilities covering Europe, Middle East and Africa.

In addition, Glen has held a number of other roles during his tenure with IBM.  This includes serving as a member of the Business Council of Australia for five years; a four year term as a board member of the Australian Chamber Orchestra; and a member of the Australian Government’s Information Technology Innovation Council.  He completed three years as the Deputy Chairman of the Australian Information Industry Association in 2010.

Twice in recent years, Glen was named by the Australian Financial Review in the top five most powerful leaders in information industries.

He holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Sydney, and has completed the Managing Director’s programme at The Wharton School. He is married and has 15 year old twins. Personal interests include wine, skiing, most sports, and trying to keep fit.