Work Wear World
Owner + Executive Chair
Lynette is the first Australian to receive a Socrates Award from the World Business Assembly in Rome (awarded in September 2015), for business leadership.
Lynette began her career in business management and education. During the first 10 years of her career, she worked in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Switzerland and Kenya, East Africa, where she established and ran an Institute of Technology.
During the 80's Lynette held senior positions with Manufacturers Hanover Trust, Pan American World Airways and National Broadcasting Company in New York City, whilst studying for her MBA in Finance from NYU. She also co-authored a book on managing human resources which is included in the US Library of Congress.
Lynette returned to Australia and wrote a book on Executive Information Systems that was translated in to Spanish and distributed worldwide.
During the 90s, she held Chief Executive positions with Lend Lease Corporation. As Chief Executive of Lend Lease Corporate Financial Services and subsequently Lend Lease Corporate Services, she was responsible for several of the financial services businesses in Australia and Asia. Her accomplishments include taking the fledgling corporate funds management group to number one in Australia in three years; creating a new financial services distribution channel to corporates; and expanding the financial services business to Asia.
In the late 90's Lynette was responsible for building a global business for Lend Lease in the Information Technology and Telecommunications arena by investing in companies that provided IT services to corporations. She created the following joint ventures, each a leader in its field, and was a Director on each Board:
• IBM Global Services Australia, a joint venture between IBM, Telstra and Lend Lease.
• Advantra, also a Lend Lease joint venture with IBM and Telstra.
• SITEL Asia Pacific, a joint venture with SITEL (the global leader in teleservicing).
• coolsavings.com inc was the leading USA Internet coupon and relationship marketing company.
In addition, she was responsible for incubating two new Internet businesses in the USA.
Lynette has also held positions on a state (NSW) Health Industry Council (Chair); the Australian Government Trade Policy Advisory Council and APEC; the ACTU-Lend Lease Foundation; and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia's Diversity Council.
Lynette is currently owner and Executive Chair of Work Wear World, a leading supplier of work and safety apparel to some of Australia's largest corporations. The employees of Work Wear World have a significant beneficial interest in the company and participate fully in all aspects of the business.
Lynette jointly leads the Chief Executive Women Leadership program which is designed to enhance the leadership skills of senior females in major companies in Australia. She is also a member of Women Chiefs of Enterprise International and has a Prime Minister's Centenary Award for leadership in business.
At the inaugural APEC Women and the Economy Summit hosted by Hilary Clinton in the USA, Lynette was honoured and recognised for "Innovative Achievements, Extraordinary Leadership and Significant Contributions to the Economy". She has attended the three subsequent APEC Women and the Economy Summits; in St Petersburg, in Bali and recently in Beijing where she also spoke on behalf of the government. Tony Abbott, the new Australian Prime Minister invited her to be one of the 20 CEOs to accompany him on his first overseas trip to Jakarta in 2013. Lynette also represented Australia at the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Women's Empowerment Summit that Natasha Stott Despoja recently chaired in Kuala Lumpur. In addition, she has just received an International Women Entrepreneurial Challenge Award, being only the second Australian to receive this prestigious honour.