Fred Hilmer

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Professor Hilmer

Professor Frederick George Hilmer AO (born 2 February 1945)[1] is an Australian academic and business figure. He was the President and eighth Vice-Chancellor of the University of New South Wales, an appointment he held from June 2006 till January 2015.[2] He has also served as a director and Deputy-Chairman of the Westfield Group since 1991.[3]


Hilmer was the Chief Executive Officer of John Fairfax Holdings Limited from 1998 - 2005.[4] Before joining Fairfax he was Dean and Director of the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM) at the University of New South Wales from 1989[5] until 1998. He holds a degree in law from the University of Sydney,[6] an LLM from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School of Finance where he was appointed a Joseph Wharton Fellow.[7]

He was a member of the Commonwealth Higher Education Council and Chairman of the Business Council of Australia's Employee Relations Study Group. In 1992 and 1993 he chaired the National Competition Policy Review Committee, which led to the introduction of National Competition Policy in 1995.

Prior to joining the AGSM, Professor Hilmer was with McKinsey & Company for 19 years, spending the last 9 year managing the Australian practice.[8] Professor Hilmer has also held a number of other senior business positions including chairman of Pacific Power, deputy chairman of Foster's Group Limited and a director of Coca-Cola Amatil, TNT and Macquarie Bank.[9]

He was Vice-Chancellor of the University of New South Wales from June 2006 till January 2015.[10]

Hilmer was appointed Chair of the Group of Eight (Go8), the coalition of Australia's leading research universities, in December 2011, and Chair of Universitas 21 (U21), the global network of research-intensive universities, in May 2013. He has written extensively on strategy, organisation and economic reform and is the author of a number of books, including: When The Luck Runs Out, New Games/New Rules, co-authored Strictly Boardroom, Working Relations and Management Redeemed, and The Fairfax Experience—What The Management Texts Didn't Teach Me.


Hilmer was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1998 for his service to management education, competition policy, and workplace.[11]


  1. ^ UNSW Records and Archives Office
  2. ^ University of New South Wales. "Vice-Chancellor Exhibition". Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  3. ^ "Westfield Group Annual Report 2008". 16 March 2009. p. 18. Retrieved 2009-05-18. 
  4. ^ John Fairfax Holdings Limited. "David Kirk replaces Fred Hilmer on Board of Directors" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-05-18. [dead link]
  5. ^ McKinsey & Company. "The Continuing Journey of Rob McLean". Retrieved 2009-05-18. 
  6. ^ University of Sydney. "Vice-Chancellor's Sesquicentenary Distinguished Lecture by Frederick Hilmer AO". Retrieved 2009-05-18. 
  7. ^ University of NSW. "Biography". Retrieved 2009-05-18. 
  8. ^ McKinsey & Company. "Catching up with Fred Hilmer, the new Vice-Chancellor and President of Australia's University of New South Wales". Retrieved 2009-05-18. 
  9. ^ Fairfax Media. "2005 Australasian Investment Conference" (PDF). p. 18. Retrieved 2009-05-18. [dead link]
  10. ^ SMH. "Professor Ian Jacobs replaces Fred Hilmer as vice-chancellor of University of NSW". Retrieved 2015-02-02. 
  11. ^ It's an Honour - Officer of the Order of Australia
Academic offices
Preceded by
Mark Wainwright
Vice Chancellor of UNSW
2006 – January 2015