Roger Corbett

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Roger Campbell Corbett AO (born 1942) is an Australian businessman. From January 1999 to September 2006, Corbett served as CEO of Woolworths Limited, a large retailing conglomerate. He is now a director of Wal-Mart, the Reserve Bank of Australia and Fairfax Media.[1] He became chairman of Fairfax at the company's 2009 annual general meeting.[2] Corbett was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2003 Queen's Birthday Honours, for service to the retail industry, particularly as a contributor to the development of industry policy and standards, and to the community.[3] In 2008, he was promoted to an officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for service to business, particularly through leadership and executive roles in the retail sector and a range of allied organisations, and to the community.[4] He is also a member of the Liberal Party of Australia.[5]

Corbett is married to Rosemary Corbett, a former teacher. He has three children: Amanda, a marketer; Sarah, a teacher; and Robert, a salesman.[6]

Currently, there is a bitter relationship between Fairfax Media chairman and its largest shareholder Gina Rinehart. The relationship developed to the personal level once Fairfax Media's incumbent board of directors declined Gina Rinehart's request to offer her three seats on the board of directors.[7]