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Gordon Cairns

Major Career Roles:

  • Chair, Woolworths Group Ltd
  • Independent Director, Macquarie Group Ltd
  • Senior Adviser, McKinsey & Co.
  • Chair, Origin Energy Ltd
  • CEO, Lion Nathan Ltd
  • Managing Director, Pepsi-Cola Australia
  • Non-Executive Director, Opera Australia
  • Chair, Craveable Brands Ltd


Other Career Highlights:

  • Non-Executive Director, Opera Australia
  • Chair, Craveable Brands Ltd
  • Chair, David Jones Ltd
  • Chair, Rebel Group Pty Ltd
  • Independent Non-Executive Director, Westpac Banking Corp.
  • Non-Executive Director, World Education Australia
  • Independent Non-Executive Director, Seven Network Ltd
  • Regional MD, KFC Corp. Australia, New Zealand & South Africa
  • Division CFO, PepsiCo Foods and Beverages International Ltd Inc. and Allseas Engineering BV
  • Adviser, Partners Group for Ammega





Gordon Cairns has a wealth of professional experience from positions in beverages, food, finance and retail sectors and has held Senior Executive, Non-Executive Director and Chair positions across the UK, USA and Australasia markets in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.


Gordon is the former Chair of Woolworths, the Australian supermarket and drinks company. He was also the Chair of Origin Energy and CEO of Lion Nathan (the beverage business) and an Independent Non-Executive Director at Macquarie and Westpac Banking.


At PepsiCo, Gordon worked in 3 continents over 10 years in marketing, operations and finance. He joined Lion Nathan, initially as the Managing Director of their Australian beer business, and thence for 7 years as CEO. During that period, the company was consistently recognised as a best employer, and he was awarded a True Leaders award on 3 separate occasions.


Additionally, Gordon served as a Senior Adviser to CVC Australia, Archer Capital PE, McKinsey and, most recently, Luminis, an investment bank.


Gordon also served on the Board of Good Return, a not for profit in the microfinance area, which helps the poor of S.E. Asia.