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Catherine Livingstone, 2018

Mathew Lynn

oil on canvas (frame: 209.7 cm x 130.4 cm, support: 206.5 cm x 127.3 cm)

Catherine Livingstone AO (b. 1955) has been chair of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia since January 2017. After completing a commerce degree in 1977, Livingstone worked at Price Waterhouse in Sydney and London before joining Nucleus Ltd, a medical technology company, in which she held various roles including Chief Executive of Finance. During her six years as Chief Executive Officer of Cochlear Ltd the company made its initial public offering and expanded internationally. Since then, her combined specialities in technology, finance and strategy have enabled her to hold influential positions on numerous committees and boards. She has been chair of Telstra Corporation Ltd, CSIRO and the Australian Business Foundation; president of the Australian Museum, the Business Council of Australia and Chief Executive Women; has sat on the Boards of Macquarie Group Ltd, Goodman Fielder Ltd and Rural Press Ltd; and was a member of the NSW Government Innovation and Productivity Council. Currently, she sits on the Boards of WorleyParsons Limited, Saluda Medical Pty Ltd and the Australian Ballet and is a member of the Industry Growth Centres Advisory Committee. A powerful advocate for science and technology, in 2016 she became Chancellor of the University of Technology Sydney.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by Tim Fairfax AC 2018
© Mathew Lynn

Accession number: 2018.56.1

Currently not on display

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Mathew Lynn (age 55 in 2018)

Catherine Livingstone AO FAA FTSE (age 63 in 2018)

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Catherine Livingstone video: 4 minutes 5 seconds
Catherine Livingstone video: 4 minutes 5 seconds
Catherine Livingstone video: 4 minutes 5 seconds

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.