ANU has announced that former Mallesons partner Ilana Atlas will be deputising for Gareth Evans in the role of Pro-Chancellor.
Ms Atlas has extensive experience in business and has held executive and non-executive roles across a number of industry sectors. She has served on the University Council since July 2004. She takes over from The Honourable Justice Annabelle Bennett, who steps down after 13 years as Pro-Chancellor.
Ms Atlas was a practising lawyer for 22 years and is a former partner of the legal firm Mallesons Stephens Jaques. She brings extensive industry and business experience to the role. She is on the Board of Directors of Suncorp Group Limited, Coca-Cola Amatil Pty Limited and Westfield Holdings Limited as well as being Chair of the Bell Shakespeare Company. Between 2000 and 2010, Ms Atlas held senior executive roles within Westpac Banking Corporation where her responsibilities included human resources, corporate affairs and sustainability.
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Ms Atlas holds the degrees of Bachelor of Jurisprudence and Bachelor of Laws with Honours from the University of Western Australia, and a Master of Laws from the University of Sydney. She is admitted to practice as a barrister and solicitor in a number of states including the ACT.
A strong advocate for women to occupy senior executive positions, Ms Atlas has been a member of Chief Executive Women since 2005.
Ms Atlas takes up her position on 1 August 2011.