At UON’s Faculty of Business and Law, we value our network of former students. We strive to build mutually beneficial connections between the Faculty and our alumni.
If you would like to make the most of being a part of the Faculty's alumni network, have a look below and check out the benefits UON alumni are entitled to explore.
A number of professional and social networking events are organised for UON’s Faculty of Business and Law alumni each year. Visit MyAlumni to update your details and receive notifications about upcoming events.
WORK WITH STUDENTS
Alumni can provide students with invaluable insights and opportunities. Our Faculty connects industry to students through a range of workplace experience and professional preparation opportunities. By volunteering your time and getting involved in our programs you can inspire and share your expertise with current students.
SUPPORT A PRIZE OR SCHOLARSHIP
Alumni, or the organisations in which they work, can support UON students through donations. The University has a range of opportunities to provide philanthropic support. If you would like to donate a scholarship or prize to students in the Faculty of Business and Law, visit this page.
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Notable Business and Law Alumni
Bachelor of Commerce 1985
Non-Executive Director, Member of Investment Committee, State Super - SAS Trustee Corporation
Non-Executive Director, Chair of Audit and Risk Committee – Australian Hearing
Swati is an experienced banking and finance executive with an established track record of successfully leading complex revenue generating businesses in Australia, UK and Singapore. She has over 30 years’ experience gained at National Australia Bank, Deutsche Bank, AMP Henderson Global Investors, Bankers Trust, Westpac and Commonwealth Bank.
She has most recently served as an Executive General Manager at National Australia Bank, a Director of Great Western Bancorp Inc. (USA) and a Director of the NAB Wealth Responsible Entity Boards.
Bachelor of Business 2000
Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales, Customer Success, and Alliances | AppDirect
Richard currently serves as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales, Customer Success, and Alliances, at AppDirect, a leader in the cloud commerce market based in San Francisco and recently named a " Forbes Most Promising Company" and "Forbes Best Cloud Company to work for". With 600+ team members worldwide, AppDirect was also recently named a "tech unicorn" which in the Silicon Valley Tech world is given to private companies with a $1Billion valuation, not bad for a company only 5 years old.
Richard joined AppDirect in 2012 when the company had less than 40 team members and a valuation of $30M. Richard Dufty oversees worldwide sales, customer success, and alliances for all of the company’s partners and prospects. Prior to AppDirect, Richard spent eight years in various senior sales and leadership roles at Symantec starting in Sydney and transferring to Global HQ in San Francisco.
Richard completed his Bachelor of Business from University of Newcastle (Ourimbah Campus) in 1999. Richard was accepted into the NSW State Governments Graduate Management Program the next year and then moved to London 2 years later to take up an exciting Management program with Aldi.
Richard is now based in Southern California but spends nearly half his year on planes and trains traveling around the world meeting with companies like Telstra, AT&T, Vodafone, IBM, Softbank, Apple, Google and Microsoft.
Master of Business Administration 1993
Bachelor of Commerce 1989
Global business leader, Glenn Kellow, is President and CEO of Peabody Energy – the world’s largest private-sector coal company and Platts’ 2014 Global Energy Company of the Year.
Based in the United States, Glenn leads all aspects of the 133-year-old company’s operations. Prior to Peabody, Glenn spent 28 years with BHP Billiton working across a range of commodities and holding senior leadership posts in the United States, Australia and Chile. Glenn is the former Chairman of Worsley Alumina in Australia, Mozal in Mozambique and the Nickel Institute.
He is a director of the World Coal Association and the U.S. National Mining Association as well as a U.S. representative on the International Energy Agency’s Coal Industry Advisory Board; and a past member of the Western Australian Chamber of Minerals and Energy’s executive committee and the University of Western Australia’s Energy and Mining Institute’s advisory board.
For his outstanding record of professional achievement, Glenn was recognised with an honorary Doctorate in Science from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and UON’s Alumni Award for International Leadership in 2014.
Bachelor of Commerce 1985
Mark Vassella is CEO of BlueScope Steel Australia and New Zealand, a division of BlueScope Limited, overseeing businesses with revenues exceeding AUD $5 billion across more than 100 sites with over 7,000 employees.
Mark began his career as a commerce trainee in finance at BHP steel works in Newcastle. He worked his way from accountant to General Manager at Palmer Tube Mills before relocating to England as General Manager Europe for ANI Structural Steel Products Group. Following the takeover of ANI Limited by Smorgon Steel Group Limited, Mark spent almost seven years as Chief Executive of Smorgon Steel Distribution, which was later acquired by BlueScope Steel. Following that acquisition Mark spent three years in the USA as President BlueScope North America and returned in 2011 to take up his current role.
During his career Mark has worked and lived in the UK and USA, has managed joint ventures in countries including the USA, India and Saudi Arabia, completed an MBA and other postgraduate qualifications in Australia and Switzerland.
Mark sits on the Board of Family Life, an organisation that assists at-risk youth and families. He is also a proud ‘Old Boy’ of the UON Rugby Club.
Bachelor of Commerce 1993
Sein-Way Tan is the founder of Green World City, an organisation with a global mission to make cities more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.
He is one of the few Australian CEOs who have been invited to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit and Forbes Global CEO summit. He received invitations from the Australian Government to report on property development, and from the Chinese government to the Great Hall of the People, Boao Asia Forum, China Real Estate Conference and other major forums, to advise on sustainable cities and future trends.
In addition to speaking on television and radio globally, he has been invited to speak at the Nobel Peace Prize City Hall in Oslo and selected by leading experts and peers to be honoured as a World Cities Summit Young Leader.
Sein-Way is on the advisory board of Global Urban Development, Sustainia and Data Cities. He is an advisor to many governments on creating green cities, including the Chinese government, and is also on the steering committee of the United Nations Habitat World Urban campaign.