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CEO Advisory & Consultancy

Services and Strategies to accelerate your business

Mentor List leads Australia’s leading CEO Mastermind groups, designed to give members the answers to create the biggest impact for themselves, and their organisation, during their time as CEO. This unique position provides insight into the life of a CEO.

We know like you, that a CEO job is a challenge and requires discernment to choose the right advisors. Our team is experienced in running organisations and has access to deep lived experience in choosing the future of organisations. In addition to the core team’s contribution, we can and will draw on our broad and qualified panel to bring to bear on your business challenges.

OUR APPROACH

Our CEO Strategic Advisory works with you to redefine what’s possible and give shape to the future.

We lead a problem solving methodology in partnership with you that is based on a project management process with clear delivered artefacts at each stage gate and decision points on moving to the next:

DIAGNOSIS

What is the core issue that is holding execution back? What is the core market problem that an organisation needs to solve? What shifts have happened in the customers mind that have changed the context for the organisation? Is it the right time for this change, is the culture and environment receptive? Are we the natural leaders of this opportunity?

STRATEGY

What is the appropriate response to the core issue? Is it initiating, a strategic partnership or letting it pass? How might we align the organisation around responding to the diagnosis and moving to action? What are the fastest ways to achieve scale? What needs to be true for execution to be successful? Leveraging our CEO Advisory panel (see below) to guide a response supported by proven experience.

EXECUTION

What actions will deliver the preferred response? What are the ‘big rock’ priorities to address the diagnosis? What can we let go of or cease that is not solving the diagnosis? What sequence should we execute in? What culture markers should we pursue? Who are the early adopters of the change?

Advisors

Claire Rogers
Former CEO, World Vision
Claire Rogers
Former CEO, World Vision

Claire Rogers was chief executive of World Vision Australia, the country’s largest not-for-profit organisation, working in partnership across 90 countries to provide short and long term assistance to 100 million people.

Claire, a social innovator, has a proven track record of strategising and delivering major change initiatives, helping organisations adapt to the tech-disrupted economy, aligning physical and digital execution to maximise opportunities.

Claire was recently head of digital channels at ANZ Bank, spearheading its digital transformation, leading mobile and internet banking and digital security.

A highly networked influencer, Claire brings to different environments finely-honed communication and negotiation skills, strength and compassion that creates strong community buy-in and support.

Claire has an MBA from Melbourne Business school, formerly chair of Ridley College Melbourne and is a director on the board of ACFID, the Australian international charities industry peak body.

Claire is married with two children, and lives in Melbourne. Her family have been World Vision child sponsors since 2006. In November 2016, Claire was able to visit her sponsored child in Myanmar.


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James Fazzino
Chair, Manufacturing Australia
James Fazzino
Chair, Manufacturing Australia

James Fazzino is a strategic leader with an impressive track record taking local Australian business through significant growth & expansion into international markets. During his tenure as the Managing Director and CEO of Incitec Pivot (IPL), James led the largest Australian corporate growth story on record. Over his 14 year tenure, first as CFO and then as CEO, the company increased in size 6-fold to an enterprise value of $8bn.

James is currently the Chairman of Manufacturing Australia, Chairman of Osteon Medical, a leading digital health business, Non-Executive Director of Australian Pipeline Limited, Non-Executive Director of Rabobank Australia Limited & Non-Executive Director of Tassal Group Limited, Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow & Adjunct Professor at La Trobe University. James passionately believes in diversity and is a member of the Melbourne Male Champions of Change group.


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Mike Foster
Former CEO, Fujitsu Australia
Mike Foster
Former CEO, Fujitsu Australia

Mike Foster was previously the CEO and Executive Director of Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand (FANZ). In line with restructuring of Fujitsu’s global organization he was appointed as Head of the Oceania Region in April 2014 reporting directly to the Global President. He had been instrumental in driving the company’s business strategy at the enterprise level and to develop Fujitsu’s presence as a Tier 1 Technology Services Integrator with over 5,000 people in Australia and New Zealand.

Mike’s career to date spans over 25 years in the ICT industry in Australia and North America. Prior to Fujitsu, he spent nine years in senior executive positions at Telstra, including Managing Director, Business Sales, and more recently as the Chief Executive Officer, KAZ Group. Before joining Telstra, he was Managing Director, EMC, Australia/New Zealand and Managing Director, NCR Australia. 


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Malcolm Jackman
Former CEO, Elders & Coates
Malcolm Jackman
Former CEO, Elders & Coates

Malcolm Jackman joined publicly listed Coates Hire in 2003 as CEO. In September 2008 he was appointed as the CEO of Futuris Corporation which changed its name to Elders Limited in April 2009.

In late August 2014 Malcolm returned to Adelaide to become Chief Executive of Defence SA. Defence SA is South Australia’s lead government agency for all defence matters and the nation’s only stand-alone state defence organisation. In July 2015 he moved within the SA Government to become CE of SAFECOM.


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Execution

STRATEGIC ACTION - SERVICE OFFERING

As the COVID impacted economy opens, conditions will continue to rapidly change and evolve,  and your organisation’s strategy must be agile, actionable and focussed on shorter time horizons.

Mentor List Strategic Action service offering supports the assessment of your organisation’s current business initiatives, strategic programs & projects and potential new initiatives, in the context of the current economic uncertainty, in order to continue to generate sustainable value.

Mentor List uses a Strategic Decision-Making framework to review your current business initiatives, strategic programs & projects and potential new initiatives. This approach allows you to map your organisational priorities and course of action.

The four categories are defined as: Pursue Aggressively, Scale Down, Pursue Cautiously, and Terminate Immediately. We work with you to complete a prioritisation process to provide direction in the context of the COVID uncertainty.

We work with you to execute and deliver strategy

Bringing strategy to life, leveraging our partnership panel and proven capability in delivering change and transformation. Business moves fast, and we specialise in working through change with you. We deliver with you, be it New Technologies or Industry Disruption from the perspective of lived experience.

We know what it takes to get change to deliver - we know the roadblocks, the cultural inhibitors and the execution traps that get in the way from our collective experience of delivery.  You can call on us to assist with areas such as:

Business Operating Model Changes

We use a structured approach to transform the very essence of your organisation. We work across your organisation to both integrate and transform enterprises, business units and operating models.

Systems Change Delivery

We will partner with you to help your organisation realise enhanced technology asset ROI through a mix of delivery speed, flexibility and productivity.

Finance Transformation

In today’s highly complex global business environment, companies are constantly expected to do more with less, to run leaner while becoming more effective than ever. This is especially true for Accounting and Finance. They are now required to not only deliver periodic financial data and reports, but also real-time analysis and intelligence. Mentor List have partnered with Blackline to provide a solution which empowers accounting and finance leaders to gain full control over the financial close process by automating accounting workflows, providing a secure workspace to complete period-end accounting activities, and streamlining financial reporting.

Cost Optimisation & Transparency

Companies today are under constant pressure to improve profitability and eliminate cost out of their business.This has prompted them to seek greater transparency into their financial performance and discover actionable insights that can enhance their decision making and create value.The key to unlocking value is cost and profitability transparency that helps finance professionals analyze profitability along such dimensions as product, service, and customer.

Expenditure Reduction

Mentor List has proudly partnered with Expense Reduction Analysts, a leading network of cost reduction consultants, offering strategic advice and practical methods which optimise costs, improve supplier relationships and deliver Value Through Insight to your organisation.By partnering, we bring to you the leading specialists for cost management, offering to optimise your supply chain and processes, finding innovative suppliers and providers to meet your organisation’s needs best.

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