Sydney, Australia (August 24, 2017) — Allegis Partners (AP), a global executive search firm has placed Sally Underwood as Chief Financial Officer and Director of Business Operations at the Australian Ballet in Melbourne, Australia. Sally is responsible for all administrative, financial, and risk management operations, development of the finance and operations strategy and as Company Secretary, execution of an effective corporate governance framework.
"The Australian Ballet has appointed a high achiever who really wants to help shape the organisation and be proud of what she creates," said John Powell, Managing Director at Allegis Partners, who led the search. "As CFO, Sally will contribute strategically and be an integral part of the business. She is very interested in the arts and this role at the Australian Ballet resonated on many levels."
On her appointment, Sally commented, "I wanted a strategic CFO role and to get involved in a positive business I could get my arms around and with a lot of exposure to a good Board. I feel fortunate."
A chartered accountant, Sally joined the Australian Ballet after serving in several senior leadership positions with ASX-listed organisations in the banking and telecommunications industries. As Head of Global Shared Services and GM Accounting Services with Telstra, Sally led large multi-disciplinary teams responsible for supporting Telstra's businesses globally. Prior to joining Telstra, Sally led the establishment of a global shared service function for ANZ, which provided finance, HR and sourcing support to banking operations in 36 countries.
The Australian Ballet is one of the world's premier ballet companies and has delivered extraordinary performances for more than 50 years. Resident at both the Sydney Opera House and the Arts Centre Melbourne, the company regularly represents Australia on the world stage and has performed to critical acclaim in 87 cities worldwide including New York, Shanghai, Tokyo, London and Paris. The Australian Ballet presents over 300 performances and 1,700 education and audience engagement events each year.
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