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Glen Boreham (AM)

Managing Director, IBM Australia, 2006-2011

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During his career Glen has led organisations through periods of rapid change and innovation.  Glen has worked in information technology, new media and creative industries and, having lived in Asia, Europe and Australia, he brings a global perspective.

Glen currently serves as a director of three ASX listed companies:

  • Data#3 - a significant Australian IT company;
  • Southern Cross Media Group – an integrated radio, television and online media company;
  • Cochlear - the global leader in hearing implant solutions.

Glen has a passion for Australia’s skills, diversity, and place in the world.This is reflected in his numerous honorary roles including:

  • Chairman of the Industry Advisory Board and Chairman of the Business School Advisory Board for the University of Technology, Sydney;
  • Inaugural member of the Male Champions of Change group, which is CEO’s and directors working to promote increased participation of women in the workforce;
  • Chairman of Advance, the global network representing the one million Australians living overseas.

Previously, Glen was inaugural Chair of Screen Australia, a position he held from 2008 to 2014.  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.

In addition, Glen was Chairman of the Australian Government’s Convergence Review. This review concluded in March 2012 and undertook a comprehensive examination of Australia’s media industry as it faces both the opportunities and threats from rapidly changing technologies.

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 roles covering Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Glen has held numerous other roles including serving as a member of the Business Council of Australia; 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.

On Australia Day 2012, Glen was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for his service to business and the arts. 

He holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Sydney. He is married and has young adult twins. Personal interests include wine, skiing, most sports, and trying to keep fit.