Graham Kraehe

Chair of BlueScope Steel Graham Kraehe has joined the advisory board of global conservation body The Nature Conservancy.

Mr Kraehe has previously been chair of Brambles and National Australia Bank, as well as a director of News Corporation and the Reserve Bank of Australia.

On the environmental front, he was made a member of the Order of Australia in 2003 for services to industry and the environment after sponsoring Australian Conservation Foundation water conservation advocacy and research during his time at wine producer Southcorp (now owned by Foster’s Group), and also leading efforts for growers to adopt best practice irrigation practices.

The move to TNC follows Mr Kraehe’s retirement from the Brambles chairmanship in November last year.

“I’m moving into a different phase of my career,” Mr Kraehe said. “I’ve always regarded The Nature Conservancy as an excellent organisation who are undertaking work I’m passionate about. I hope I can help to raise the awareness about the important work they’re doing so they can realise some of their next objectives.”

Director of The Nature Conservancy’s Australia program, Rich Gilmore, welcomed Mr Kraehe to the board.

“Graham’s exceptional business acumen and passion for nature makes him the ideal addition to our board,” Mr Gilmore said.

Mr Kraehe will attend his first board meeting on 24 February 2015.