Head of Strategic Finance, Telstra
Cynthia Whelan is based in Sydney is responsible for the Strategy, M&A, Treasury and Investor Relations teams at Telstra, having joined in August 2013.
Prior to joining Telstra, Cynthia was the Chief Executive for Barclays in Australia/New Zealand. In this role she had responsibility for the Global Markets, Distribution, Infrastructure and Investment Banking operations of the Bank in this region and was a member of Barclays' Asia Pacific Executive Committee and on the Board of AFMA.
Ms. Whelan returned from Hong Kong in 2009 where she was the Head of Debt Capital Markets for the Asia Pacific region. Prior to joining Barclays in 2004 to establish a DCM franchise for the Bank, she spent four years with Merrill Lynch as Head of A$ Syndicate and later as part of the debt capital markets coverage team. Ms Whelan started her career at UBS in a variety of roles, including fixed income sales and debt capital markets
In Hong Kong Ms Whelan was the co-founder of Women in Finance Asia, a financial services industry body supported by the Asia Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (ASIFMA). Ms Whelan also represented Barclays on the Board of ASIFMA and was co-chair of Barclays Womens Initiatives Network for Asia Pacific.
Ms Whelan is a member of the Board of the Sydney Women's Fund, a not-for-profit organisation focused on the needs of women and children in Greater Sydney. She is also a founding member of the Australia Advisory Board for Room to Read.
In October 2012, Ms. Whelan won the Telstra Business Women's Award in the Hudson Private and Corporate Sector category and in 2011 she won the Women of the Year award for Outstanding Achievement globally within Barclays.
Ms. Whelan graduated from the University of New South Wales with a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Finance and Japanese Studies and also holds a Masters of Applied Finance from Macquarie University and completed the OSLP from Oxford in 2013.