Cynthia Whelan was appointed Group Executive for Telstra International and New Businesses in September 2015, with responsibility for Telstra Ventures, Smart Home, Premium Services and Telstra Health. Cynthia joined Telstra in August 2013 as Group Managing Director of Strategic Finance, with responsibility for Corporate Strategy, M&A, Treasury, Investor Relations and Corporate Development. Prior to joining Telstra, Cynthia was the Chief Executive for Barclays in Australia/New Zealand. In this role, she was responsible for the Global Markets, Distribution, Infrastructure and Investment Banking operations of the Bank in this region. She was also a member of Barclays' Asia Pacific Executive Committee and on the Board of the Australian Financial Markets Association. Cynthia’s investment banking career also involved roles at Merrill Lynch and UBS in Australia. In October 2012, Cynthia won the Telstra Business Women's Award in the Hudson Private and Corporate Sector category and in 2011 she won the Women of the Year award for Outstanding Achievement globally within Barclays. Cynthia graduated from the University of New South Wales with a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Finance and Japanese studies. She also holds a Masters of Applied Finance from Macquarie University and completed the Oxford Strategic Leadership Program in 2013.