Michael Smith is the chairman of 7-Eleven Australia, Starbucks Australia, Lionel Samson Sadliers Group and Pioneer Credit . He sits on the board of Creative Partnerships Australia. He is principal of boutique strategy consultancy Black House, having previously served 31 years as founder and managing director of The Marketing Centre until 2008. Mr Smith is the former deputy chairman of Automotive Holdings Group and and former national president of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, he is former chair of iiNet, Synergy and Verve and former director of HOME Building Society and Indian Pacific. Mr Smith began his career with TVW, he then joined Perth advertising agency McAuliffe & Goff. He retired as chair of the Perth International Arts Festival in 2012, and had also served as chair of the West Coast Eagles, Scotch College, the Pearling Industry Advisory Committee, and Barking Gecko Theatre Company.