Shanti Berggren has taken up a role on the board of directors for AFL club Adelaide Crows.
Shanti Berggren, who currently serves as the deputy GC (business legal) at telco provider Optus, has been appointed to the board of directors for the Adelaide Crows.
She has worked for Optus for almost 20 years and also sits on the board of statutory corporation HomeStart Finance.
Speaking about her appointment, Crows chairman John Olsen said that the football club had a balanced and diverse board that was well suited to the club’s strategic focuses and direction.
“Under the club’s constitution, we must consider our current needs and Shanti’s legal expertise and experience will prove invaluable,” he said.
“She also went through the recent member election process and clearly emerged as one of the preferred candidates among our membership base.”
Her skills and expertise – together with that of fellow new board director Stephen Roche – “will complement what other Directors provide as we look to overcome the challenges and capitalise on the opportunities, which now exist in an Australian sporting landscape impacted by the pandemic”, Mr Olsen added.
He said that the club had opted to make available the opportunity to increase the number of directors from nine to 10 to provide flexibility in addressing the board’s composition, including but not limited to gender diversity and member sentiment from this year’s election process.
Adelaide’s board directors are: John Olsen AO (chair), Linda Fellows (deputy chair), Kate Ellis, Mark Ricciuto, Richard Fennell, Warren Randall, Rod Jameson, Nick Takos, Stephen Roche and Ms Berggren.