Katharine McLennan


Katharine McLennan is the Senior Vice President, People and Culture at Cochlear. Her career spans corporate strategy, execution and leadership. Her specialty is facilitating executive teams in the integration of strategy, operations, team dynamics and self-transformation, integrating these practices with the science of the brain and the gut and the philosophies of our ancient ancestors.

Prior to Cochlear, her most recent corporate roles include Head of the Global Leadership Academy for QBE, Executive General Manager, Talent and Business Unit HR for Commonwealth Bank of Australia and 10 years in leadership consulting, providing advisory services on behalf of three major organisations, Heidrick & Struggles, the Mettle Group and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Katharine spent four years as the key architect and implementer of the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games operational strategy where she led the operational planning process for the venue operations and was the main facilitator on all operational planning and contingency exercises within the Sydney organisation. She continues today to advise the IOC and all Organising Committees in their operational planning, workforce strategies and leadership development.
Katharine is a qualified psychotherapist and a member of the UTS Business School Advisory Board. Katharine is a committed advocate for mental wellness and recovery from addiction.

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