The Honourable John Olsen, AO

The Honourable John Olsen, AO
Chairman, American Australian Association Limited

The Honourable John Olsen, AO

The Honourable John Olsen AO is currently the Chairman of the American Australian Association Limited.

Olsen concluded his three year appointment as Consul General in New York in April 2009, following an appointment as Consul General in Los Angeles from 2002 until 2006.

With nearly seven years in the United States, Olsen has had the unique experience of living and working both on the west and east coast of America.

Prior to his diplomatic postings, he had a distinguished parliamentary career as Premier of South Australia from November 1996 to October 2001.

Olsen was Minister for Industry and Minister for Infrastructure from 1992 to 1996, and from 1990 to 1992 he was appointed to the Federal Senate. He was elected State Opposition Leader in South Australia from 1982 to 1990 and appointed Chief Secretary, Minister for Police, Correctional Services and Fisheries in 1982. He joined the South Australian Parliament in 1979, was the President of the South Australian Liberal Party from 1976 - 1979 and was awarded a US Bicentennial Fellowship in 1976. Mr Olsen was the Mayor of Kadina from 1974 to 1977.

Current appointments include Deputy Chair of the Adelaide Oval Stadium Management Authority, Chair of the South Australian National Football League and Board member of the United States Studies Centre.