Ann Sherry AO was born in Gympie in Queensland, Australia. Sherry has headed Australia's Office of the Status of Women and represented Australia at United Nations fora on human rights and women's rights. She became chief executive officer of Carnival Australia in 2007, having previously been chief executive officer of Westpac New Zealand and the Bank of Melbourne. In 2004, Sherry was awarded an Order of Australia for services to the community through the promotion of corporate management practices and policies that embrace gender equity, social justice, and work and family partnerships. In 2015, Sherry was named Australian Financial Review Westpac's Women of Influence overall winner.