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AirTree Speaker Series: Robyn Denholm, Chair of Tesla

Date and Time

Wed 3rd Jul, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Australian Computer Society (ACS)
Office Tower 1/100 Barangaroo Avenue, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Event description

Robyn Denholm is arguably Australia’s most prominent global executive.

At Sun Microsystems she went from a financial controller in the Sydney office in 1996, to the Head of Global Strategy under Co-Founder and CEO Scott McNealy.

Under Robyn’s watch as CFO, Juniper Networks successfully challenged Cisco’s dominance of the internet router market and grew revenue from US$2.8bn in 2008 to US$4.9bn in 2016

Telstra, Australia’s largest telecoms company and one of the most widely held retail stocks in the country, tasked Robyn with overseeing their “Networks of the future” strategy. She started as COO in 2017 and was shortly promoted to CFO & Head of Strategy in October 2018.

Robyn is now in her most high profile role to date - the Chair of Tesla.

Robyn’s promotion to Chair is a testament to her people skills, as well as a human consequence of one of the great developments in automotive history: the convergence of car and communications technology.

Please join us for an open and engaging conversation with Robyn on Wednesday 3 July.


  • 5:30pm - Registration & drinks
  • 5:45pm - Fireside chat with Robyn Denholm (Chair of Tesla) and Daniel Petre (General Partner at AirTree)
  • 6:30pm - Q&A
  • 7:15pm - End

About Robyn

Robyn Denholm is the Chair of renewable energy and electric vehicle company Tesla.

Before taking on the role of Chair of Tesla, Robyn was Telstra’s CFO & Head of Strategy, responsible for setting the company’s strategic direction, managing all financial elements, and overseeing their digitisation program. Robyn was instrumental in the delivery of Telstra’s commercial agreements with nbn co and setting the strategic direction for the company’s Networks for the Future and Digitisation programs.

Prior to joining Telstra, Robyn was EVP, CFO and COO of global networking equipment and software security firm, Juniper Networks.

Before Juniper, Robyn held roles in the United States and Australia with Sun Microsystems, Toyota and Arthur Andersen.

Robyn was formerly on the Board of the Swiss robotics, power and automation technology company ABB.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Sydney and a Master’s degree in Commerce from UNSW and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants ANZ.

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