The Global Governing Board of the Caux Round Table on January 20th, 2010, elected Dr. Noel Purcell of Sydney, Australia, as the next Chair of the Caux Round Table for a 2 year term.
Prior to retiring from executive life, Dr. Purcell was Westpac Banking Corporation’s Group General Manager, Stakeholder Communications, with responsibility for all media, government, investor and community relations, as well as the Westpac Group corporate reputation and internal communication. In this role, Dr. Purcell led Westpac’s corporate responsibility initiatives, which have resulted in Westpac being widely recognised as a global leader in sustainable business practices. His leadership in CSR was globally recognized when he was included in Ethical Corporation’s Best of the Best as one of the top 15 ethical leaders globally in 2007.
Noel joined Westpac in February 1986, and has served in senior executive institutional banking, marketing, communications, retail financial services, and group planning roles, including as General Manager for Japan and North Asia from 1992 to 1996. Prior to Westpac, Noel served at the senior executive level within the Federal Public Service, including the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Office of National Assessments, and the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Noel gained his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1979. Earlier tertiary qualifications included an M.Sc. from the University of Michigan, a B.Ec. from the Australian National University, and a B.Sc. (Hons.) from the University of New England. Noel also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University in 1992.
Immediate past Chair, Lord Daniel Brennan of London, England, will become Chair Emeritus of the Caux Round Table.
Mr. Douglas Hepper, CEO of Vision Ease, was elected Vice-Chair for the Americas; Ms Claire Chiang, Senior Vice President of Banyan Tree Holdings, Singapore, was elected Vice-Chair for Asia; and Mr. Frank Straub, Chairman of BLANCO in Germany, was elected Vice-Chair for Europe.
Members of the Global Governing Board for 2010 are: Dr. Noel Purcell, Doug Hepper, Claire Chiang, Frank Straub, Hironori Yano, Simon Sproule, Karel Noordzy, and Steve Young.