Cynthia Whelan was previously the Group Executive responsible for Telstra’s new businesses portfolio, including Telstra Health, Home and Premium Services, Energy and Connected Business. She is also the Chair of the Foxtel Board of Directors.
Cynthia joined Telstra in August 2013 as the Group Managing Director Strategic Finance covering Strategy, M&A, Treasury and Investor Relations and she was responsible for Telstra’s international operations from 2015-2016.
Prior to joining Telstra, Cynthia had a career spanning more than 20 years in investment banking in the Asia-Pacific region and her last role was the Chief Executive for Barclays in Australia/New Zealand. As the CEO she was a member of Barclays' Asia Pacific Executive Committee and co-chair of Barclay’s Women’s Initiative Network for Asia Pacific. She has also previously held roles at Merrill Lynch and UBS.
She is a member of the Australia Advisory Board for Room to Read, a global organisation focused on literacy and gender equality in education.
Cynthia holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales and a Master of Applied Finance from Macquarie University and has completed the Oxford Strategic Leadership Program.