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Did auDA’s former CEO Cameron Boardman “mislead” the organisation about his educational qualifications when he originally applied for the job?
This article written by David Swan in today’s Australian is behind a paywall, but here is one quote to give you the sense of the article.
“In a letter to Mr Boardman seen by this newspaper, independent chairman Chris Leptos -alleged the then-CEO falsified his academic record by including a master of laws degree (LLM) from La Trobe University“.
I wrote this article on the 28th August 2019 when the ex-Chair Chris Leptos indicated “that there were issues”.
My big questions are:
- Who were the original directors that recommended he should apply for the CEO position, and then vouched for him?
- What happened to the recruitment process? Surely for such an important role, there would have (or should have) been rigorous checks? Would these not have verified his claims?
- When such rumours and allegations were first aired over a year ago, what did the current Board do about it?
- At the time of his appointment, auDA put out this news release. Apart from the LLM issue that The Australian now raises, it is my belief that at that time Boardman was also not a “Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ course”.
- If the auDA Board were aware of all these issues, then why did they pay him a year’s salary and give him a trip to Malaysia? This again from The Australian:
“Documents seen by The Australian show auDA paid Mr Boardman a full 12 months’ salary and paid for him to attend a conference in Malaysia.“
Let this nightmare come to an end.
Update 30th September 2019
- Outrage is growing amongst a lot of stakeholders, with the focus now on finding out “why” the Board approved this payout; and what steps can be taken to claw this back if there were fraudulent representations made.
- An initial response to a letter sent by an auDA Associate Member to the current Chair (Suzanne Ewart) received this response:
As you are aware, the Board has already made statements in relation to the resignations of Chris Leptos, the former Chair of auDA and Cameron Boardman, the former CEO.
We will not be issuing any further statements in relation to these matters.
- Former auDA Executive Paul Szyndler has written an excellent letter to auDA’s recently formed General Advisory Standing Committee (GASC). The text of this can be read in the comments section.
Ned O’Meara – 24th September 2019