David Watson - Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner

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David commenced in his current role in December 2016. David has extensive experience in the commercial world, initially as a commercial lawyer with a leading Australian law firm and more recently as a senior executive at Mars, Inc. At Mars, David worked in regional management roles in London and Dubai. Most recently, he worked at Mars head office in Washington DC, where he was a member of the executive team responsible for the Chocolate division globally.

In those roles, David was actively involved in major investment decisions, and he understands the trade and investment needs of a major multi-national company.

David is a lawyer by training. He holds a Masters of Law, Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Sydney.

In his legal career, David was a partner at a leading Australian law firm, Minter Ellison, where he specialised in commercial transactions, including cross-border mergers and acquisitions.

David’s board experience includes roles as a non-executive director at Serco Asia Pacific, a Director of Mars Superannuation, Chairman of Mars Australia, and as a Director of the Australian Food and Grocery Council.

David joined Austrade in 2014 and his previous role was Senior Investment Specialist for the Agribusiness and Food sector, based in Sydney.