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Qantas GC named to ACC global board of directors

The group general counsel and company secretary of the national carrier has been appointed as a director on the global board of the Association of Corporate Counsel.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 26 October 2023 Corporate Counsel
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The ACC, which represents over 45,000 in-house counsel worldwide, has named its newly elected officers and directors for its 2024 global board, all of whom were sworn in during the recent ACC 2023 Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas.

HanesBrands executive vice-president, chief legal officer, company secretary and chief compliance officer Tracy Preston has been named global chair, while Staples chief legal officer Cristina Gonzalez is vice-chair.

Trade and Development Bank GC and senior executive David Bamlango will be the treasurer, while Dubai Economy and Tourism chief executive (regulatory policy and governance sector) Sahia Ahmad will be secretary.


Andrew Finch, who is the general counsel, company secretary and group executive of the office of the CEO at Qantas Airways, is one of four new directors on ACC’s global board of directors.

The other new directors are ASML executive vice-president, chief legal officer, and company secretary Sandrine Auffret, Changi Airport Group senior vice-president, legal and company secretary Jessie Loong, and Microsoft Corporation CLO Hossein Nowbar.

The new board members are from Australia, Africa, Europe, Asia, and North America, “reflecting a diverse and global organisation”, ACC said in a statement.

Speaking about the appointees, ACC chief executive and president Veta T. Richardson said: “The ACC 2023 global board of directors are an incredibly talented, diverse, and experienced group of individuals who are dedicated to contributing their vast business and legal expertise to ACC.

“With members from around the world, ACC’s board has the knowledge and perspective to help ACC continually improve how we serve our global membership.”

Ms Preston added: “ACC is an incredibly valuable organisation for thousands of in-house counsel around the world, and I am honoured for the opportunity to serve as its global board chair.

“As always, the number of highly qualified candidates made the selection process difficult, and we greatly appreciate everyone’s interest in serving our association as board members.

“This year’s board is again an impressive group of volunteers who are excited to help educate and connect with our members and the broader global in-house community.”