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Audette Exel AO

Audette Exel AO

Chief Executive Officer, Adara Advisors Pty Ltd and Adara Partners (Australia) Pty Ltd
Non-Executive Director, Suncorp Group
Founder and Chair, The Adara Group

Current Positions

Chief Executive Officer, Adara Advisors Pty Ltd and Adara Partners (Australia) Pty Ltd
Non-Executive Director, Suncorp Group
Founder and Chair, The Adara Group

Previous Positions

Vice Chairman, Steamship Mutual Underwriting Association
Chairman, Bermuda Stock Exchange
Managing Director, Bermuda Commercial Bank

Audette is the Founder and Chair of Adara Development, Founder of the Adara Group and CEO of Adara Advisors and Adara Partners. Audette is also a Non-Executive Director of Suncorp Group Limited, an ASX 20 company.

Before establishing Adara, Audette was Managing Director of one of Bermuda’s three Banks, Bermuda Commercial Bank. She is one of the youngest women in the world to have run a publicly-traded bank. During 1995 and 1996, Audette was also Chairman of the Bermuda Stock Exchange. From 1999 to 2005, Audette was on the Board of the Bermuda Monetary Authority, Bermuda’s central financial services regulator, and was Chair of its Investment Committee.

Prior to joining Bermuda Commercial Bank, Audette practised as a lawyer specialising in international finance. She began her career with Allen, Allen and Hemsley in Sydney, Australia before joining the English firm of Linklaters & Paines, in their Hong Kong office. She is called to the Bars of New South Wales, Australia, England and Wales and Bermuda.

From 1999 to 2017, Audette sat on the Board of Steamship Mutual Underwriting Association Trustee (Bermuda) Limited. Steamship Mutual is one of the world’s largest Protection and Indemnity clubs for the shipping industry.

Audette is internationally recognised for her work to bridge the worlds of finance with philanthropy. In 1995, Audette was elected a Global Leader for Tomorrow by The World Economic Forum. In 2012, Audette won the Telstra 2012 NSW Commonwealth Bank Business Owner Award, and was the winner of the 2012 NSW Telstra Business Woman of the Year Award. In 2013, Audette was awarded an honorary Order of Australia for “service to humanity through the establishment of the Adara Group to provide specialist care to women and children in Uganda and Nepal” and was recognised by Forbes as a “Hero of Philanthropy” in 2014. Most recently, Audette was named Australia’s 2016 ‘Leading Philanthropist’ by Philanthropy Australia.

Areas of Expertise

Business Social Impact, Women in Business
Finance Banking, Insurance, Investment Management and Funds, Superannuation
Not for Profit Children, Family and Disability, Community Development, Community Engagement, Governance, Women

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