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People Moves: Bridget Loudon appointed youngest ASX 200 independent director by joining Telstra board


Expert 360 co-founder Bridget Loudon has smashed the age record for a non-executive director on the ASX 200 by 12 years, and has created another dent to the glass ceiling for independent female board directors.

Bridget’s youth, entrepreneurial experience and drive provides unique attributes to the traditional board structure of Telstra.

Her background doesn’t follow the usual trajectory of an ASX board director either — Loudon wasn’t actually seeking out a role. Instead, she was approached by Telstra chair John Mullen more than a year ago.

On her appointment, Mullen said Loudon will bring a unique perspective to the board, and highlighted her expertise in transformation, notably as Telstra is embarking on massive organisational change through its T22 strategy.

It is clear that Australia’s largest companies see the value of board diversity; a diverse mix of views and perspectives around the table increases board performance and reduces the risk of group think.

In these uncertain and transformational times that’s something we should all be applauding.

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