Brian Finn AO


Best advice ever received:

Most problems have multiple solutions: go with the one you're most confident of making work - and trust your instincts

Chairman Since:


Current Executive / Board positions:

Chairman, The Gold Coast Innovation Centre

Deputy Chairman, Griffith Health Institute

Trustee, Bond University

Member, Bond University Audit Committee


Fellow, Institution of Engineers Australia

Felow, Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering

Fellow, Australian Computer Society

Fellow, Australian Institute of Company Directors

Fellow, Australian Institute of Management


Brian worked with IBM for 35 years in marketing, software development and general management roles in Europe, the United States and in Asia. He was CEO of IBM Australia (1980–1993), and Chairman from 1991 to 1998.

He has been a Director of a number of companies and organisations, including Telstra, Sydney Ports Corporation, PowerTel, Heytesbury and AXA Asia Pacific Holdings.

Additionally, Brian was a Member of the Business Council of Australia, Chairman and Director of Southcorp; Chairman of CitiPower; Chairman of the Council of the National Science & Technology Centre; Chairman of the Australian Education Council Review of Post-Compulsory Education; Chairman of the Australian National Training Authority; Chairman of Sydney Ports Corporation; and Chairman of Vita Group.

Brian was made an Officer in the Order of Australia in 1990 for services to Business Industry, and Education.  The Centenary Medal was awarded in 2001 for services to Australian society through technological industries.

He holds Honorary Doctorates from the University of Western Sydney, Griffith University and the University of Wollongong. He is a Fellow of the University of Technology Sydney.