Set out below are biographies of each of our Board members. The Board has adopted a formal Board Charter, which details the functions and responsibilities of the Board.



Mr Rankin is the Chairman of Crown Resorts Limited. Mr Rankin is also CEO of Consolidated Press Holdings Pty Ltd, a position he has held since March 2015. Prior to joining Crown, Mr Rankin was Co-Global Head of Corporate Banking and Securities, and Global Head of Corporate Finance at Deutsche Bank AG.
Mr Rankin holds Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Laws degrees, both obtained at Sydney University.
Mr Rankin is also a director of Melco Crown Entertainment Limited.

John H Alexander BA

Executive Deputy Chairman

Mr Alexander is the Executive Deputy Chairman of Crown Resorts Limited and is also a director of a number of companies, including Seven West Media Limited, Crown Melbourne Limited, Burswood Limited, Aspers Holdings (Jersey) Limited and CrownBet Pty Limited.
Mr Alexander was the Executive Chairman of Consolidated Media Holdings Limited (“CMH”) from 2007 to November 2012, when CMH was acquired by News Corporation. Prior to 2007, Mr Alexander was the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Publishing and Broadcasting Limited (“PBL”) from 2004, the Chief Executive of ACP Magazines Limited from 1999 and PBL’s group media division comprising ACP Magazines Limited and the Nine Network from 2002.
Before joining the PBL Group, Mr Alexander was the Editor-in-Chief, Publisher & Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald and Editor-in-Chief of The Australian Financial Review.
Mr Alexander is a member of the Crown Investment Committee.

Benjamin A Brazil BCom LLB

Independent, Non-Executive Director

Mr Brazil is an Executive Director of Macquarie Group Limited, member of the Executive Committee and Co-Head of the Corporate and Asset Finance Group. He originally commenced employment at Macquarie in 1994 and has operated across a range of geographies and business lines during the course of his career. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Queensland.
Mr Brazil is the Chairman of the Crown Audit & Corporate Governance Committee and a member of the Crown Finance Committee.

The Honourable Helen A Coonan BA, LLB

Independent, Non-Executive Director

Ms Coonan is a former Senator for New South Wales serving in the Australian Parliament from 1996 to 2011. She holds degrees in Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney. Prior to entering Parliament, she worked as a lawyer including as principal of her own legal firm, as a partner in law firm Gadens, as a commercial Barrister in Australia and as an Attorney in New York.
In Parliament, Ms Coonan served as the Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate. She was appointed to Cabinet as the former Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts and was shareholder Minister for Telstra Corporation and Australia Post. She also served as the Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer and had portfolio oversight of the Australian Taxation Office and the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority.
Ms Coonan is a non-executive director of Snowy Hydro Limited and is Chair of Snowny Hydro Retail, she is chair of the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, a member of the Advisory Council of J.P. Morgan, a member of the Board of Advice for Aon Risk Services Australia, a trustee of the Sydney Opera House, Co-Chair of GRACosway (a subsidiary of the Clemenger Group) and a non-executive director of Obesity Australia Limited. She is also a member of Chief Executive Women.
Ms Coonan chairs the Crown Resorts Foundation. She is also Chair of the Crown Corporate Social Responsibility Committee.

Rowen B Craigie BEc (Hons)

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director

Mr Craigie was appointed Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director in 2007. He is also a director of Crown Melbourne Limited, Burswood Limited and Aspers Holdings (Jersey) Limited.
Mr Craigie previously served from 2005 to 2007 as the Chief Executive Officer of PBL Gaming and as the Chief Executive Officer of Crown Melbourne Limited from 2002 to 2007. Mr Craigie joined Crown Melbourne Limited in 1993 and was appointed as the Executive General Manager of its Gaming Machines department in 1996 and was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 2000.
Prior to joining Crown Melbourne Limited, Mr Craigie was the Group General Manager for Gaming at the TAB in Victoria from 1990 to 1993 and held senior economic policy positions in Treasury and the Department of Industry in Victoria from 1984 to 1990.
Mr Craigie is a member of Crown’s Investment, Occupational Health and Safety, Responsible Gaming, Risk Management and Corporate Social Responsibility Committees. He also sits on the Crown Resorts Foundation board.
Mr Craigie is a member of the Commonwealth Government’s Trade and Investment Policy Advisory Council (TIPAC).

Rowena Danziger AM, BA, TC, MACE

Independent, Non-Executive Director

Mrs Danziger’s professional experience spans over 30 years in various Australian and American educational institutions. Mrs Danziger was the Headmistress at Ascham School in Sydney from 1973 to 2003.
Mrs Danziger is a Director of Crown Melbourne Limited and is Chair of the Crown Occupational Health and Safety Committee and is a member of the Crown Audit and Corporate Governance, Risk Management and Responsible Gaming Committees. Mrs Danziger also sits on the Crown Resorts Foundation board.

Andrew Demetriou BA, BEd

Independent, Non-Executive Director

Mr Demetriou was Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Football League from 2003 until June 2014.
Prior to becoming Chief Executive Officer, Mr Demetriou served as AFL General Manager – Football Operations for three years, overseeing all aspects of the AFL competition. This followed a stint as head of the AFL Players Association when he was instrumental in establishing programs to look after players both during and after their playing careers.
Following an AFL playing career of 106 games, Mr Demetriou was the Managing Director of the Ruthinium Group, a business importing acrylic teeth, growing the business significantly by expanding manufacturing and exports to 70 countries worldwide and he currently remains a board member.
Mr Demetriou holds the role of Executive Chairman of Acquire Learning, a Melbourne company that enrols students on behalf of training providers in courses, is a director of the Melbourne Sports Marketing firm, Bastion Group, is a non-executive Chairman of Capital Health Limited and a non-executive director of the non-partisan Climate Institute.
Mr Demetriou also served as non-executive Chairman of the Baxter Group, a waste management group listed on ASX in 2003 with a market capitalisation of $40 million – the company was later sold to Transpacific for $260 million – and is a former Chairman of the Australian Multicultural Advisory Council.
Mr Demetriou is a director of CrownBet Pty Limited.

Geoffrey J Dixon

Independent, Non-Executive Director

Geoff Dixon is an experienced and successful corporate executive with a background in the media, mining, aviation and tourism industries.
He was Managing Director and Chief Executive of Qantas Airways Limited for eight years until 2008 - joining Qantas in 1994 and also serving as Chief Commercial Officer and, for two years, as Deputy Managing Director. He was Chairman of the Australian Government’s principal tourism authority, Tourism Australia, for six years from 2009 to June 2015.
Mr Dixon is Chairman of the privately-held Australian Pub Fund and is on the board of the publicly listed Australian company Adslot Limited.
He is also Chairman of the Garvan Medical Research Foundation, is on the board of the Museum Of Contemporary Art Australia and is an Ambassador for the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation.

Professor John S Horvath AO, MB, BS (Syd), FRACP

Independent, Non-Executive Director

Professor John Horvath was the Australian Government Chief Medical Officer from 2003 to 2009. He is currently continuing to advise the Department of Health, the National Health and Medical Research Council and the School of Medicine, University of Sydney and holds the position of Honorary Professor of Medicine.
Professor Horvath is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and is a distinguished practitioner, researcher and teacher. Professor Horvath previously sat on the board of the Garvan Research Foundation and continues to be a Governor of the Centenary Institute of Medical Research. He is a member of the Advisory Council to the Australian Organ and Tissue Donation Agency and a member of the Finance and Administration Committee of the School of Medicine at the University of Sydney. Professor Horvath is a member of the Ministerial Advisory Council to the Minister of Health.
Professor Horvath was previously Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Sydney. He is also known as a leader in a range of medical training and workforce organisations. He is also a former President of the Australian Medical Council and the NSW Medical Board.
Professor Horvath is Chair of the Crown Responsible Gaming Committee and a member of Crown’s Occupational Health and Safety and Corporate Social Responsibility Committees. He also sits on the Crown Melbourne board and the Crown Resorts Foundation board.

Michael R Johnston BEc, CA

Non-independent, Non-Executive Director

Mr Johnston is the Finance Director of Consolidated Press
Holdings Pty Limited, having previously been an adviser to the Consolidated Press Holdings Group for 17 years. As Finance Director, Mr Johnston oversees a large number of operational businesses within the Consolidated Press Holdings Group and its controlled associates. Mr Johnston was also the Chief Financial Officer of Ellerston Capital  (a subsidiary of Consolidated Press Holdings Pty Limited) until 30 June 2008.
Prior to his appointment with the Consolidated Press Holdings Pty Limited Group, Mr Johnston was a senior partner in the Australian member firm of Ernst & Young. Mr Johnston was also on the board of Partners of Ernst & Young, Australia.
Mr Johnston holds a Bachelor of Economics degree from Sydney University and is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia.
Mr Johnston is a member of the Crown Audit and Corporate Governance, Finance, and Occupational Health and Safety Committees.

Harold C Mitchell AC

Independent, Non-Executive Director

Mr Mitchell is the founder of Mitchell & Partners and until August 2013, was Executive Chairman of Aegis Media, Australia and New Zealand. Since he started Mitchell & Partners in 1976, the company has evolved to become the largest media and communications group in Australia today.
In December 2000, Mr Mitchell launched the Harold Mitchell Foundation which distributes funds between health and the arts.
Mr Mitchell holds a large number of community roles including Chairman of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Chairman of TVS, University of Western Sydney’s television service for Greater Sydney, Chairman of Art Exhibitions Australia, Vice President of Tennis Australia; Chairman of The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, board member of New York Philharmonic, Chairman, Australia-Indonesia Centre, and Chairman FreeTV Australia. In June 2015, Mr Mitchell was appointed Chairman of the Victorian Premier’s Job and Investment Panel.
In 2003, Mr Mitchell delivered the Andrew Olle Memorial Lecture on Media. In January 2004, he was awarded the Officer of the Order of Australia for his services as a benefactor and fundraiser in support of artistic and cultural endeavour.
Mr Mitchell was appointed Companion of the Order of Australia in 2010 for eminent service to the community through leadership and philanthropic endeavours in the fields of art, health and education and as a supporter of humanitarian aid in Timor-Leste and Indigenous communities.
In December 2011, Mr Mitchell was awarded an Honorary Doctorate – Doctor of Business Honoris Causa, by RMIT University.
Mr Mitchell was awarded the Victorian Australian of the Year for 2013.

In August 2013, Mr Mitchell was appointed Adjunct Professor, School of Humanities and Communications Arts, University of Western Sydney.
In December 2014, Melbourne University conferred on him an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws.