Non-Executive Director / The Centre for Independent Studies
Michael Rennie has retired from a 32-year career at McKinsey & Company, the global management consulting firm. Before McKinsey, he was a commercial lawyer at Herbert Smith Freehills. Mr Rennie founded McKinsey's organisation behaviour practice and the firm's leadership practice in the 1990s. He led McKinsey's relationship with Telstra for nearly 20 years, as well as with other technology and media companies, and led the team that founded Domain for Fairfax. He has worked with the Australian Government on many of Australia's signature technology projects from deregulation of Telstra and creation of Optus, to the McKinsey NBN feasibility study. Mr Rennie led McKinsey's Telco, Media and Technology (TMT) practice in Asia for many years and worked all over the Asian region. He also led McKinsey's TMT practice in the Middle East from 2013 to 2016.
Mr Rennie has business and political networks in Australia from his time leading McKinsey's practice in Australia.
He was a member of the Business Council of Australia, deputy chair of the Centre for Independent Studies, and co-founder of the Male Champions for Change - the network of twenty of the chief executives and chairs of Australia's Organisations committed to providing more opportunities for women at the top of Australian business and government. His community interests included being co-founder and chair of the Inspire Foundation (Reachout) for 10 years; and a board member of The Hunger Project, The Salvation Army and the Opera Foundation.