Calix has appointed Alison Deans as a Non-Executive Director to its board of directors, and announced the upcoming retirement of Non-Executive Director, Dr Jack Hamilton.
Ms Deans’ appointment continues the board’s proactive approach to board succession and renewal, ensuring the size and composition of the board is appropriate to support the continued delivery of Calix’s growth strategies, and best practice governance standards.
Ms Deans’ brings extensive experience leading and building technology-enabled businesses across ecommerce, media, financial services and health, and in leadership roles as a senior executive, a non-executive director and chair, as well as venture capital experience.
Ms Deans is currently Chair of Cochlear Limited (ASX: COH), Non-Executive Director at Ramsay Health Care Limited (ASX: RHC), and Non-Executive Director at Deputy Group Pty Ltd. Ms Deans is also a member of the Investment Committee at Main Sequence Ventures (CSIRO’s innovation fund) and a Member of the AICD Corporate Governance Committee. Ms Deans’ previous directorships include Westpac Banking Corporation, Insurance Australia Group Limited and Social Ventures Australia.
In her executive career, Ms Deans was previously the CEO of eBay Australia and New Zealand, CEO of eCorp Limited (a publicly listed portfolio of digital businesses), CEO of Hoyts Cinemas, CEO of netus Pty Ltd (a technology investment company acquired by Fairfax), and a consultant with McKinsey & Company. She holds a Master of Business Administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a Master of Arts (Physics) from Cambridge University.
In welcoming Ms Deans, Calix Chair of the board of directors, Peter Turnbull said, “I am delighted to welcome Alison to the Calix board. Her depth and breadth of experience as a non-executive director and impressive experience leading technology-enabled businesses will be of significant benefit to the board, the company and its growth ambitions.
“The decarbonisation of industry in the pursuit of a net zero economy is one of the greatest global challenges. Calix’s technology solutions, particularly those aimed at solving global challenges in industrial decarbonisation, are well placed to capitalise on these strong and growing market tailwinds.
“Alison’s appointment is a reflection of Calix’s growth trajectory, and potential for significant impact and value creation in the future.”
Ms Deans said, “Calix brings together a rare combination of world-leading Australian technology, enormous market potential, an inspiring purpose, and a capable, entrepreneurial and values-driven team.
“I look forward to working with the board and the executive team towards realising the potential of Calix’s technology to address significant global challenges, including the decarbonisation of heavy industries.”
Following the appointment of Ms Deans as a Non-Executive Director, Dr Jack Hamilton is retiring from the Calix board of directors, effective 8 March 2023. Dr Hamilton’s considerable experience, both executive and non-executive, has been pivotal to Calix achieving its growth milestones to date. Calix thanks Dr Hamilton sincerely for his service, focus, availability and wise counsel.
Mr Turnbull said, “On behalf of the board and the whole Calix team, I would also like to express my sincere gratitude to Jack Hamilton for his substantial and valuable contribution over many years. Calix has achieved a great deal during Jack’s tenure on the board and we all wish him well in the future.”
Non-Executive Director, Dr Hamilton said, “It has been an honour to work with a great team to bring an Australian technology successfully to the world stage over the past 10 years. The Calix technology platform is positioned to make a significant contribution to decarbonise many of our hard-to-abate essential industrial processes. As well as positively impacting other environmental areas such as electrification, water, agriculture and marine.
“I look forward to watching the Calix team continue to realise the Company’s potential over the coming years.”