(11:30 a.m. AEST) — Carnival Australia CEO Ann Sherry has been recognised today as the most influential woman in the country.
As this year’s overall winner of The Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards, Sherry was noted for her leadership across corporate Australia, as well as her significant contribution to the social and economic advancement of women.
One of Sherry’s major achievements has been to restore the reputation of cruising, which led to the resurgence of the industry in the region. Sherry was also instrumental in introducing paid maternity leave into the corporate sector during her time at the Westpac Group and was influential in the creation of the not-for-profit Jawun. She has served as First Assistant Secretary of the Office of the Status of Women in Canberra and Australia’s representative to the United Nations on human rights and women’s rights.
Winning the award was “an unbelievable honour”, Sherry said.
“These awards uncover amazing talent across a range of fields and allow women, particularly young women, to visualise a pathway for success, which is so important to drive change.
“We change the world one person, one organisation, one company at a time and it is vital that we support each other to achieve an Australia that values contribution regardless of gender.”
Sherry said she would like to see a focus on Constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians, reducing violence against women and “challenging corporate cultures that do not recognise the value of women at every level.”