Bob Mansfield was born in Rabaul, New Guinea and educated at Barker College, Hornsby. He attended the University of NSW and graduated in 1974 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a major in Accounting.
He has a varied background in business across a wide range of industries and held the CEO position with McDonald’s Australia Limited, Wormald International Limited, Optus Communications and John Fairfax.
Bob is currently a Non-Executive Director at Vocus Group Limited, as well as serving as Chairman at the George Gregan Foundation, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, the Telco Together Foundation Advisory Board, and the Board of Governors of the Steve Waugh Foundation.
In more recent years he has filled a number of roles for the Federal Government and pursued his own business interests. He reviewed the Operating Charter of the ABC, was the Major Projects Facilitator on a consultancy basis reporting directly to the Prime Minister and was appointed Strategic Investment Co-ordinator within the Prime Minister’s Office.
In November 1999 Bob completed his Federal Government roles and was appointed Director of Telstra Corporation Limited. On 1 January 2000 he became Telstra’s non-executive Chairman and served until April 2004.
On 26 January 2000 Bob was honoured with an Order of Australia award for his contribution to Australian business and economic development and to the telecommunications industry.
On 15 December 2014 Bob received a Doctor of Business degree, honoris causa, from The University of New South Wales in recognition of his business achievements, service to the community and to the University.