BEng, MBA (Melb)
Doug Flynn, Konekt Chairman
Doug Flynn has held CEO and senior management roles and directorships in major companies in Australia and overseas including Aegis Group plc, Rentokil Initial plc and News Corporation.
From 1994 to 1999 he held senior positions in News International plc and from 1995 onwards was Managing Director of the group. In 1998 he joined the Aegis Group plc board as a Non-Executive Director. Aegis Group is a marketing services company operating in some sixty countries. He left News Corporation in 1999 after being appointed Chief Executive of Aegis Group. Doug was instrumental in doubling the size of Aegis Group and established a global market research business Synovate and internet services business Isobar.
In April 2005 he joined Rentokil Initial plc, a global business services company, as Chief Executive and after an extensive restructuring of the company’s portfolio and balance sheet and organisation left the company in 2008. From 2008 to early 2012 he was a consultant to and a director of Qin Jia Yuan Media services Ltd, the leading private television company in China.
In mid-2008, Doug returned to Australia and in August that year he became a director of West Australian Newspapers Holdings Limited. From the second half of 2010 to deal completion in 2011 he was Chairman of the Independent Directors and led the negotiation on their behalf for the $4.1b acquisition by WAN of Seven Media Group from Seven Group Holdings and KKR. The end result was the creation of Seven West Media Limited.
Doug graduated in chemical engineering from the University of Newcastle, New South Wales. He received an MBA with distinction from Melbourne University in 1979. During his university years he had a number of scholarships including Commonwealth, Commonwealth Postgraduate and Steel Industry Scholarship.
He has an active interest in a Kimberley region cattle station, Youga Walla, in Australia’s north west. He provides corporate financial advice to a number of private and public companies.
BA, LLB UNSW, GAICD
Tony Crawford, Non-executive Director
Tony is the Independent Chairman of accounting and advisory firm Grant Thornton Australia. He is also Chairman of Heart Research Australia. Tony has had an extensive career of over 30 years with leading Australian commercial law firm, DLA Phillip Fox. As a partner for 25 years, he served as that firm’s Chief Executive between 1999 and 2010 and prior to that, Chairman of its Board. Amongst other achievements, Tony led the national integration of the firm in 1999 and, in 2010, the pathway to international merger with DLA Piper.
BEc (Syd), MSc (Lond), FCPA, GAICD
Phillip Small, Non-executive Director
Philip spent 10 years in the general insurance industry and is a member of the Australian & New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance. Since 1985, he has held a number of senior management positions as a technology executive and was President of Computer Science Corporation (CSC)’s Financial Services Group in Asia Pacific, a position he held until 2001. Prior to CSC, Philip worked for Continuum and was responsible for their operations in Asia Pacific between 1993 and 1996.
Formerly, Philip worked for Paxus Corporation where he headed up their European division from 1988 to 1993 and led their expansion to become the leading provider of insurance software in Europe. Philip is a Director of Pillar Administration, a State Owned Corporation that provides back office administration services to superannuation funds, FINEOS Corporation, an Irish software company.
Damian Banks, Konekt CEO
Damian Banks has been Chief Executive Officer of Konekt Limited since April 2012. Prior to this he was the Chairman and Acting CEO from Sept 2011-April 2012. Damian has had a wide variety of roles across Banking, Finance and Consulting in a career spanning over 20 years in Australia.
In the period 1994-2009, Mr Banks had a 15 year career with Westpac Banking Corporation where he led a number of businesses within the Institutional Bank including Equities, Financial Institutions, Health and Government and Transactional Banking. Prior to leading these businesses, Mr Banks was Head of Payments and Head of Telephone Banking in the Retail and Business Bank.
Prior to Westpac, Damian worked at Citigroup and WR Grace after leaving University where received a Bachelor of Economics.