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Mary Beth Bauer

Founder & CEO

Mary Beth Bauer is a trusted and respected advisor to many of Australia's top companies, building on over 25 years' experience in strategic leadership, investor relations, issues and stakeholders management, chartered accounting and corporate finance. Mary Beth has been a company director since 1995, has chaired an ASX Top 200 company and is an experienced executive coach and mentor.

She began her career in chartered accounting in the San Francisco, transferring to Australia, before becoming Investor Relations Manager at Mayne Nickless (1988-91) and Coles Myer (1992-95). She is currently Managing Director of Value Enhancement Management and on two company boards.

As Chairman of Talent2 International Mary Beth oversaw 18 acquisitions and grew the business from a loss making company into and international business, with over 1200 employees and operating in 17 countries.

In 1997, Mary Beth started a consulting business, Value Enhancement Management and developed the unique VEM perception study. This product has been used to assist a diverse range of corporate clients in identifying and managing key issues, and developing an appropriate strategy for a profitable way forward.

Stakeholder engagement, strategic financial communications, financial transactions and investor relations are her fields of specialty, and she has applied these skills to critical projects for a diverse range of companies and institutions. She has a Business Economics degree from University of California, is Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD), an Australian Chartered Accountant and a USA Certified Public Accountant.

Our Specialist Team

VEM's team reflects the scope of its work, harnessing specialists in investor relations, stockbroking, perception research, share registry, strategic and financial communication, organisational change and training, management strategy, and corporate governance and disclosure.


All work is conducted by senior consultants skilled in clients' critical issues and capable of providing confidential, executive advice. Each VEM consultant is an expert in his or her field, drawing on years of experience in corporate, government and consulting environments.


"The skills set that we bring together at VEM is not readily matched in a corporate office. Most of us have walked those hallways, and know the drill. But we have operated on the outside, too, where perceptions are plainly stated and can change with every breeze that blows down corporate corridors..."


VEM has built and developed a network of professional specialists (some of whom run their own businesses) who can readily be marshalled into a broader team to tackle specific projects. This network includes specialists in: market research; corporate storytelling; leadership coaching; human resources; executive media training; and corporate design, brand development, web design and other communications.