Geoff Cousins AM

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  • Geoff Cousins is one of Australia’s leading business executives.

    Former Howard government adviser and prominent ad man, Geoff is one of Australia’s best known business and community leaders. 

    Mr Cousins is also a leader on environmental issues. Geoff famously drew a star-studded list of celebrities to his campaign to convince Malcolm Turnbull to reject Gunns’ $2 billion pulp mill in Tasmania. This was during the 2007 election campaign of his old confidant John Howard. His other highly successful campaign was against the proposed Woodside gas hub in the Kimberley. 

    Geoff was one of the most successful advertising men of the 1980s, and was chairman of the George Patterson advertising agency. His corporate life includes a stint as CEO of Optus, in addition to positions on ten public company boards.

    As well as a hugely successful business career, Geoff is a community leader and art-lover. He is the founding chair of the kids’ cancer charity Starlight Foundation, and Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art.

    He has also written a crime fiction novel The Butcher Bird.

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