Diane Grady is on the Board of Directors of Macquarie Group, Spotless Group and ASI. She is also a member of McKinsey & Co.’s Senior Advisory Board, is Chair of both Ascham School and The Hunger Project Australia and an Advisory Board member of the NSW Innovation and Productivity Council, The Centre for Ethical Leadership, and Heads Over Heels.
Diane has been a full time independent director since 1994 serving on a range of public company and not for profit boards including: Bluescope Steel (2002 – 2012), Woolworths Ltd. (1996-2010), Goodman Group (2007-2010), Wattyl (1994-2002), and The Sydney Opera House Trust (1999-2008). She was also a member of the ASIC Business Consultative Panel, and the Federal Government’s National Investment Council. Diane was President of Chief Executive Women (2002-2004) and chaired the CEW task force that published the ˜CEO Kit for Attracting and Retaining Female Talent’.
Previously, Diane was a partner with McKinsey & Co where she spent 15 years consulting to clients in a broad range of industries on strategic and organisational issues. She was a worldwide leader of the Firm’s Organisation and Change Management Practice, and in Australia headed the Consumer Goods, Retailing and Marketing Practice. Diane was the first woman outside the US to be elected to McKinsey’s global partnership, and the first female partner in the firm to have children.
Diane earned an MBA from Harvard Business School. She also holds a Masters in Chinese Studies from The University of Hawaii, which she attended on an East West Centre Fellowship. She spent 3 years in Taiwan where she worked as an editor and director of marketing for a Chinese owned publications company. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Mills College, Oakland, California, where she was awarded the History Prize.
Diane was made a Member in the Order of Australia in 2009 for her contribution to business and to the promotion of women leaders. She was a recipient of the Australian Centenary Medal in 2001 in recognition of her contribution to Australian society in business leadership.
Diane was born in the USA, but emigrated to Australia in 1979. She is married to Chris Komor and they have two daughters, aged 25 and 28.
Diane has published articles on innovation, change management, corporate governance and diversity. She is committed to helping organisations do better at inspiring people, and to promoting leadership opportunities for women.