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McGeoch AO

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Rod McGeoch is widely recognised as one of the most prominent solicitors in practice in Australia today. He came to public prominence through his involvement with winning bid for the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

Current experience:
Mr McGeoch is one of Australia’s most experienced board members and speaks extensively on business and leadership.

Mr McGeoch is the Official Patron on the Australia Argentina Business Council created in 2016/2017.

He also holds numerous Board positions. They are as follows:

Chairman of BGP Holdings Plc, a company which held the European real estate assets formally held in The GPT Group. The real estate portfolio included residential, industrial and commercial properties in primarily France, Germany and Spain. The Company has been sold and is now distributing the last of the proceeds of the portfolio. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Chubb Insurance Australia Limited

Consultant of the Group Board of Corporation America an international conglomerate with interests in Argentina, Uruguay, Ecuador, Peru and Armenia. Their interests extend from Airports, Roads, infrastructure to bio diesel, cotton and vineyard businesses.

Director of Corporacion America International S.a.r.l, since September 2017. This is the largest airport owner in the world and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. He is also Director of Corporacion America Airports S.A. on 30 September 2017.

Director of Destination New South Wales, a statutory corporation formed by the Government of New South Wales in 2011 to be responsible for the promotion of tourism and major events in New South Wales. Prior to his appointment he was a Director of Events NSW Pty Limited which has now been subsumed into Destination New South Wales.

Director of the board of Ramsay Health Care Limited. Ramsay continues to hold leading positions in this market in the United Kingdom, France and the Nordic Countries.

Director of South Cone Foundation on 17 July, 2014.
Trustee and Deputy Chairman of the Sydney Cricket Ground & Sports Trust whose grounds and facilities hold numerous international sporting and cultural events.

Chairman of Vantage Private Equity Growth Limited.

Previous experience

Author: He has published two books: McGeoch in 1988 and The Bid in 1994.

The Arts: From 1997 until 2002 Mr McGeoch was Chairman of the Board of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) which is a world-renowned tertiary institution providing course for people entering the world of theatre and film. During his tenure the Board was successful in securing a major Federation grant which enabled NIDA to undertake the restoration of the Parade Theatre. In addition, Mr McGeoch was the inaugural Chairman of the Sony Foundation a charitable organisation formed under the auspices of the Sony Corporation. During his tenure of 8 years in excess of $7 million was raised for charitable causes in Australia. He was also a Member of the Council of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra for several years.

Trans-Tasman: For more than a decade Mr McGeoch has made a major contribution to the relationship between Australia and New Zealand. He has served on the Board of three of its public companies, namely Telecom Corporation Limited, SKYCITY Entertainment Group Limited and Gullivers Limited. As a result of those involvements Mr McGeoch was invited to take a leadership role in the Australia New Zealand Leadership Forum and was its Co-Chairman until 2016.

Tourism: Mr McGeoch has worked for governments and private enterprise across the spectrum of winning bids for major events, serving on the Board of a leading travel company, chairing a major airport corporation and chairing a public company with international entertainment interests

Telecommunications: Mr McGeoch served as a director on one of Australia’s leading telecommunications companies until it was taken over by New Zealand’s largest company, and he has now retired from the Board of that company, Telecom New Zealand Limited.

Sport: Mr McGeoch is one of the world’s leading figures in the field of event bidding as well as running a range of businesses in sport in a number of countries in the world including the UK, India and China.

International Finance: Mr McGeoch served for a number of years on the International Board of Morgan Stanley and its Board in the Asian region and did for many years serve on the Advisory Board of Aon one of the largest insurance and financial institutions in the world.
The Law: Mr McGeoch was a highly successful practicing attorney from 1970 to 1990 becoming the elected leader of his legal profession and then being honoured by the Australian Government with an Order of Australia for his contribution to law in the community.

Outstanding. Everyone thought he was an amazing man, a presenter with a fantastic message to relay to the audience. It was at the beginning of our conference... set the scene - raised the bar and got them all motivated and inspired... he was the best speaker most had ever heard. Bayleys Managers' Conference

We think the meeting was extremely successful, due in no small part to Rod's participation. The talk on the Olympic 2000 bid really hit the spot, not only for its strategy, marketing and team involvement, but more so because it oozed sincerity and national pride.

McDonalds Australia

Your address was targeted absolutely to perfection for our team. It was unforgettable and inspiring and the message you conveyed. Thanks and thanks again!

The Salmat Group

Once again, Rod proved himself as an excellent motivational speaker who can inspire virtually any crowd. Many of our senior executives loved his clever and honest approach.

American Express International Inc.

The accolades we received regarding your talk have been overwhelming. You are a Gold champion! Thank you for doing us all proud.

Corrs Chambers Westgarth, NSW

Thank you for your valuable contribution to the AIG bancassurance BDM conference. The positive feedback on your session is overwhelming... well done and thank you!


Very inspiring and great insight. Exceeded expectations.

American International Group

Rod was great and people were still talking about him on the coach trip to the airport that day so I can honestly say he "made an impression". He certainly is a well read man and comes across extremely well.

MCL Alliances

Great content. Great presentation skills. Held the audience all the way through the presentation. Most importantly Rod spent the time to discuss the topic/angle with me prior to the brochure being prepared. This ensured that the brochure outline would provide an accurate representation of what would be presented and importantly indicated that the speaker was clearly thinking about the specific theme of the day and how it could be approached in a fresh/innovative way.

CPA Australia

Rod did an exceptional job. The audience feedback was very positive. He followed the brief, presented with real passion and enthusiasm, and was the perfect close to our entire conference. We genuinely appreciated Rod's contribution. Thank you.

Liquor Marketing Group

Rod McGeoch was simply a sensational business keynote speaker at our Conference. He delivered a high energy, though provoking presentation that provided plenty of take-away business ideas to immediately implement into any company to drive productivity and profit. Majority of the feedback forms collated include quotes of 'best speaker ever' with requests to bring him back as a hands-on, practical workshop facilitator to further learn from his experiences and vast knowledge of business activities. He scored an average of 4.5/5 from over 500 delegates! That surely speaks for itself. The money spent was extremely worthwhile.

Genesys Wealth
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