Trevor Kennedy
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Trevor Kennedy

Trevor Kennedy (born Trevor John Kennedy; born in Perth, Western Australia, on 24 June 1942) is an Australian businessman and company director. He has served on the board of directors of many Australian companies, including Consolidated Press Holdings and Qantas. He is a former journalist and right-hand man of Kerry Packer[1] and a former business associate of Malcolm Turnbull, former leader of the Australian Parliamentary Liberal Party and the 29th Prime Minister of Australia.


He was educated at Aquinas College[2] in Perth.

Business career

Kennedy was founding editor of The National Times newspaper (1972-73). In 1997 he was appointed Chairman of AWA Ltd. He served as editor in chief of Consolidated Press Holdings Ltd. (1981-86) and then as managing director of the same company (1986-91).

He was a member of the Australian Federal Government's Remuneration Tribunal (1995-2000).

During his career he has also served as chairman of Oil Search Limited, Commsoft Group Limited, and Cypress Lakes Group Limited, and as a director of both public and private companies, including Qantas Superannuation Limited, Downer EDI Limited, FTR Holdings Limited, and RG Capital Ratio Limited.

In 1983 Kennedy was appointed to be a Member in the Ordinary Division of the Order of Australia (A.M.)[3]

Later events

In 2003 he resigned from his position as director of seven public companies (including Qantas).[4][5][6][7]

In 2005 the stockbroker Rene Rivkin told Swiss investigators that he, Kennedy and the politician Graham Richardson were secret owners of a $27 million stake in the Offset Alpine Printing company.[8]

Further reading

  • Neil Chenoweth, Packer's Lunch: A Rollicking Tale Of Swiss Bank Accounts And Money-Making Adventurers In The Roaring '90s (Allen & Unwin, 2006).
  • Trevor Kennedy, Top Guns: Seventeen World Leaders in Politics, Media and Business Tell How They Made It to the Top - and Stayed There. South Melbourne, Sun, 1988.


  1. ^ Robert Milliken, "A newspaper man's tale of dazzling business heights", The Age. 23 November 2003. Retrieved on 30 October 2016.
  2. ^ Crikey - Famous alumni on Latham's hit list Archived 2007-09-26 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Queen's Birthday 1983 Honours, Commonwealth of Australia Gazette, No. S 113, 11 June 1983. Retrieved on 31 October 2016.
  4. ^ "A newspaper man's tale of dazzling business heights"
  5. ^ AM - Trevor Kennedy resigns from Qantas board
  6. ^ "Kennedy takes another hit in ASIC battle"
  7. ^ "Kennedy fails to halt share inquiry"
  8. ^ "Graham Richardson agrees to pay ATO", The Age, 24 October 2008. Retrieved on 30 October 2016.

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