New CEO, board member for PetSure

Shaun Leveton founder and shareholder of PetSure, Australia’s largest pet insurer and part of the Hollard Group, has announced the appointment of Alexandra (Alex) Thomas as CEO of PetSure (Australia) with effect from October 2013.


Thomas previously worked in various senior roles at Optus Business. Her last role was Vice President, Managed Services and Delivery. Prior to this role she worked in Optus transformation in the position of Director, Customer Experience. Thomas is also a Non-Executive Director at Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman’s Office.

Leveton said the appointment was a logical next step for the business.

“With the increasing demand for pet insurance, Alex brings to PetSure her vast technology experience as well as her strong customer focus and strategic thinking; we believe she is the right person to take this business to the next stage of what has been a phenomenal growth journey to date.” Continue reading New CEO, board member for PetSure

Vet Ethics: Discussing the ethics of zoos – with a CEO

Jennifer Gray is the CEO of Zoos Victoria. That means she is in charge of three acclaimed zoos: Werribee Zoo, Melbourne Zoo, and Healesville Sanctuary. Before coming to Australia, she worked in her home country of South Africa in a variety of roles. In addition, Ms Gray has mentored women in leadership roles.

After hearing her speak with great passion about the terrible loss of animal species in Australia and around the world, I decided to interview Ms Gray on the ethics of keeping animals in zoos. Her moral stance on zoos occurs against the background of both an ethical concern for animals and their suffering (she has stopped eating meat), and a fervent wish to save species from extinction. I thought it might be interesting to ask her about how these two concerns interact.     Continue reading Vet Ethics: Discussing the ethics of zoos – with a CEO