Mr. Melgaard joined the board of emew in December 2004. He was appointed Deputy Chairman in April 2007 and Chairman in February 2012. In 1977, Mr. Melgaard joined leading management consultancy McKinsey & Company, working in the United States and Australia. He went on to co-found AFP Investment Corporation, an ASX-listed investment firm. AFP acquired interests in office equipment, resources, fire protection, media, agribusiness, and brewing. Mr. Melgaard now acts as an adviser to Waverton Holdings Limited, which holds the private equity interests of the Melgaard family and has investments in resources, capital equipment, and technology. Waverton is the largest shareholder of emew.
Mr. Melgaard is an enthusiastic supporter of the arts. He served as Chairman of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment for 8 years and currently advises a number of arts organizations.
Mr. Melgaard has degrees in science and economics from Monash University in Australia, and an MBA from Stanford University.