Asialink, Australia. Penny Burtt has been appointed the new Group CEO of Asialink, Australia’s leading centre for the promotion of public understanding of Asian countries and Australia’s role in the region. Penny joins Asialink from the global payments company Visa Inc, where she served as Vice President Government Affairs, Asia Pacific, overseeing the company’s engagement and partnerships with governments and regulators across the region, and as a member of the Asia Pacific executive leadership team. Prior to Visa, Penny held roles with McKinsey & Company and as a senior diplomat with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, serving in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Geneva. She has continued to represent Australia’s interests in Asia, both personally and professionally, most recently as a New Colombo Plan Business Champion appointed by Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Minister Julie Bishop MP, in 2017.