Dr Chris Roberts
BE (Hons), PhD, Hon DSc (UNSW Australia), MBA, Hon DSc (Macq), FAICD, FTSE, FIEAust, CEO/President of Cochlear
Dr Roberts has been the Chief Executive Officer/President of Cochlear Limited (ASX:COH) since February 2004. Cochlear is the market leader in implantable devices for the hearing impaired. Cochlear has ~ 2,600 employees, revenues of ~ $800 million and ~ 300,000 ears implanted with its implants. Over 95% of Cochlear’s sales are outside Australia.
Dr Chris Roberts has over 37 years of experience in international medical device businesses, including renal (dialysis), orthopaedics (electrical bone growth stimulation), cardiology (pacemakers), respiratory and sleep medicine (CPAP and ventilation) and otology (cochlear implants and acoustic implants).
He was a non-executive director of ResMed Inc (August 1989), and from 1992 served as ResMed’s Executive Vice-President, until he became CEO of Cochlear Limited in 2004. He remains on the ResMed Inc board. Dr Roberts was a member of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Australia’s peak health advisory body, for the 2003 – 2006 triennium. He was also a director of Research Australia until 2012 (Chairman from 2004-2010), a non-profit organisation promoting the importance of health and medical research.
He is a member of: The New South Wales Innovation and Productivity Council; the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Faculty of Medicine Advisory Council; Macquarie University Foundation Board of Patrons and the University of Technology Sydney Vice-Chancellor’s Industrial Advisory Board.
Dr Roberts holds a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Chemical Engineering from UNSW Australia, an MBA from Macquarie University and a PhD from UNSW. He has been awarded Honorary Doctor of Science degrees from both Macquarie University and UNSW. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (FTSE), Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD) and Fellow of The Institution of Engineers Australia (FIEAust).