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2020 Virtual Gala

Join us at the 2020 Virtual Gala in honor of Kathy Warden, Chairman, CEO and President, Northrop Grumman Corporation and Peter Farrell AM, Chairman, ResMed on Tuesday, November 10, 2020.

The virtual gala will highlight the depth and strength of the US-Australia business relationship as well as our Education scholars and alumni. Since 2002, the Association has invested over US$12.5 million to support more than 900 American and Australian scholars undertake graduate study and research in a wide range of fields, including medicine, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, journalism and sustainability at prestigious institutions in Australia and the United States.

For further information and sponsorship packages, please contact Debbie Chappel at [email protected]

Tuesday, November 10
6:00 – 7:00 PM


Kathy Warden
Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Northrop Grumman Corporation

Kathy Warden is chairman, chief executive officer and president of Northrop Grumman Corporation. She was elected chairman of the Northrop Grumman Board of Directors on August 1, 2019, and has served as CEO and president since January 1, 2019. She was elected to the company’s Board of Directors in 2018.

Prior to becoming CEO and president, Warden served as president and chief operating officer, responsible for the operational management of the company’s four sectors as well as its enterprise services organization. Her role encompassed all aspects of the company’s operations, including leading engagement with the senior customer community and partners around the globe. She also led the integration of Northrop Grumman’s Innovation Systems sector.

Previously, she served as corporate vice president and president of Northrop Grumman’s Mission Systems and Information Systems sectors.

Warden has extensive experience in operational leadership and business development in government and commercial markets. Prior to joining Northrop Grumman in 2008, Warden held leadership roles at General Dynamics and the Veridian Corporation, she was a principal in a venture internet firm, and she spent nearly a decade with the General Electric Company working in commercial industries.

Warden earned a bachelor’s degree from James Madison University and a master’s degree in business administration from George Washington University. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Merck & Co., Inc. and Catalyst, as the chair of the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, as vice chair of the Aerospace Industries Association, and on the James Madison University Board of Visitors.

Northrop Grumman solves the toughest problems in space, aeronautics, defense and cyberspace to meet the ever evolving needs of our customers worldwide. Our 90,000 employees define possible every day using science, technology and engineering to create and deliver advanced systems, products and services.

Peter Farrell AM
Founder and Chairman of the Board of ResMed

Peter Farrell is the founder and chairman of the board of ResMed and has been chairman and a director since its inception in June 1989.

Dr. Farrell also served as chief executive officer from July 1990 until December 2007, and from February 2011 until March 2013. Dr. Farrell served as executive chairman of the board from December 2007 until February 2011, and from March 2013 through December 2013. Since January 1, 2014, he has been a non-officer employee of ResMed.

Dr. Farrell also serves as independent board chairman at Arcturus Therapeutics Ltd (NASDAQ: ARCT), an RNA therapeutics company, and on two faculty advisory boards at the University of California, San Diego: the Rady Business School and the Jacobs Engineering School. He holds a B.E. in chemical engineering with honors from the University of Sydney, an S.M. in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Ph.D. in chemical engineering and bioengineering from the University of Washington, Seattle and a D.Sc. from the University of New South Wales for research contributions in the field of treatment with the artificial kidney.

Peter is a member of several learned bodies, including being admitted in 2012 as a member of the US National Academy of Engineering. He was also admitted to the World Entrepreneur Academy in Monaco in 2000, was Australian Entrepreneur of the Year in 2001, and selected as US National Entrepreneur of the Year for Health Sciences in 2005. He was named a Gordon Fellow at UCSD in 2012. He is a current member of the MIT Dean of Engineering Advisory Council and was a member of the MIT/Harvard Health Science and Technology Program from 1998 through 2018.

ResMed is a sleep technology device Company which began as an MBO from Baxter Healthcare in 1989 with 6 employees. ResMed is now a global NYSE listed medical device company (RMD) with 7000 employees and it operates in over 100 countries. The Company’s market capitalization is $14.5 billion and revenues are currently $2.5 billion with an NPAT of ~ 18% or ~ $ 450 M.


Jane Gazzo

Jane Gazzo is a TV presenter, broadcaster, music journalist and published author who began her career in radio, aged 16. Since then, she has presented nationally on Triple M and Triple J as well as XFM London, Capital FM London and BBC Radio 6 in the UK. Jane spent eight years as a presenter on Foxtel’s Channel V, where she reported from music festivals, red carpet events and hosted live TV shows, interviewing some of the biggest and best names in the entertainment world. She has twice been nominated for an ASTRA and ACRA award and is an in-demand public speaker and MC.

Jane is currently a university lecturer of music industry at Collarts,  Chair of the Australian Music Vault Hall of Fame advisory committee for the Arts Centre Melbourne and currently hosts The Sound on ABC-TV. Her first book, John Farnham – The Untold Story was published in 2016.

2020 Key Sponsors

We are pleased to feature the print ‘Corroboree Rock’ by renowned Australian landscape artist Philip Osborn on our 2020 Benefit Dinner invitation and program.

Philip has been an avid painter since an early age, but his passion for Australian landscape art really began after he moved to Broken Hill. His work as a district relief teacher took him across the vast outback of far western NSW, where he was inspired by the dramatic images that unfolded. During this time, he was also fortunate to meet Eric Minchin, one of the “Brushmen of the Bush”, who taught him the basics of oil painting.

Please visit Philip’s website https://bluethumb.com.au/philiposborn for more information about his artwork.

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