Michael Chaney graduated with Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Western Australia in 1972 and 1980 respectively. He completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 1992 and has also been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Western Australia.
After obtaining his Science degree, Mr Chaney worked for eight years as a petroleum geologist in Australia and the USA. He joined the Australian Industry Development Corporation in 1980 as a corporate finance executive and became Manager for Western Australia in 1981. He joined Wesfarmers in 1983 as Company Secretary and Administration Manager, became Finance Director in 1984 and was appointed Managing Director in July 1992. He retired from that position in July 2005.
Mr Chaney is Chairman of Wesfarmers Limited and Northern Star Resources Limited. He is also Chairman of the National School Resourcing Board and a director of Australians for Indigenous Constitutional Recognition Ltd. He is a former director of BHP and Centre for Independent Studies and a former Chairman of NAB and Woodside Petroleum and of a number of not-for-profit organisations.
Mr Chaney was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia in 2004 for services to business and the community.
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