Vanessa Garrard is the founder and Global CEO of Adventure Operations which is Australia’s #1 Camping & Outdoor Leisure Products Company with industry leading brands including OZtrail, Companion & CampFire.
Vanessa is an Australian entrepreneur, mother to four young children and a leader in the consumer products industry.
Products designed by her team can be found in over 5000 retail stores covering more than 30 product categories including consumer electronics, outdoor furniture, tents, portable fridges, gazebos, gas cookware and much more.
Her passion for business and developing products with proven appeal to consumers has seen Vanessa ranked in Australia’s Top 30 Female Entrepreneurs list, BRW Fast 100 lists, and in 2013 she was named the Australian EY Entrepreneur of the Year for Industry. More recently Vanessa was named in the Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence.
With over 25 years of experience in building businesses across Australia, China, UK, Europe & US, Vanessa understands what it takes to build and grow a successful global business.