This Mastermind is designed to give members the answers to create the biggest impact for themselves, and their organisation, during their time as CEO.
This CEO Mastermind creates an environment of trust where challenges can be shared and solved in the ultimate CEO peer group, leveraging the lived experience, wisdom and advice of individuals who are and have successfully navigated through CEO roles.
The CEO is tasked with resolving a myriad of challenges on a daily basis; regardless of the support network around them, they are the ultimate decision maker. They are the ones tasked with representing their organisation’s values and performance to their employees, board, regulators, shareholders and the broader community. The role of a CEO can be quite lonely and isolating. In an ever-changing world, the rewards that come with the role of CEO are being offset by the ever-growing scrutiny that each must deal with.
The CEO Mastermind is about addressing key concerns for today’s CEO in a facilitated environment. The chair of each a group will be a recently retired CEO of international standing and reputation, someone that has successfully navigated the CEO path. Coupled with the chairman, each meeting will be complimented with Guest Mentors who will share their lived experiences on the topic for discussion.
These professionally facilitated Mastermind groups will ensure that business leaders can count on each other to provide fresh insights and perspectives enabling accelerated leadership growth and greater business success. When placing 16 high performing executives and business owners in a room the possibilities are endless.
From a member's perspective: "The CEO Mastermind group members are the only people who I can talk to, who I trust, vent to and ask for solutions to problems without a vested interest and truly understand the pressures and challenges involved in the role offering relatable and best practices from lived experiences"
The topics are set for the first year of operation. It is intended that the second year agenda, topics and guest mentors will be heavily influenced by the CEO peer group. The first session topics are designed to be high level enough to allow the focus to shift via facilitation to where our members most need it.
Understand the loneliness yet crowded journey associated with being a successful CEO. Discover who you can trust whilst creating the ultimate peer and support network.
How to effectively deal with your Board, External Pressures, Regulators and the changing community standards.
How you stay true to your strategy in the face of short-term adversity and challenges.
This Mastermind will give you the answers to create the biggest impact for yourself, and your organisation, during your time as CEO.
Michael Smith was the CEO of Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd. (ANZ) from 2007 to 2015 and following his retirement he remained an Adviser to the Board until July 2017.
Prior to this Michael held several other high-ranking business positions. He was President and Chief Executive Officer of The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited, Chairman of Hang Seng Bank Limited, Global Head of Commercial Banking for the HSBC Group, and Chairman of HSBC Bank Malaysia Berhad.
David Thodey is Chair of the Commonwealth Science, Industry & Research Organisation and a Director of Ramsay Health Care, Tyro Payments, Vodafone Group UK and XERO.
Previously David was CEO and Executive Director of Telstra, appointed in May 2009. He formally retired from the CEO position on 30 April 2015. Telstra is Australia’s leading Telco with an international presence spanning Asia, Europe and North America. Before joining Telstra, David was CEO, Australia and New Zealand at IBM. During his 22 years at IBM, David held several senior executive positions across Asia Pacific.
Paula Dwyer is the Chairman and Non Executive Director of Tabcorp since June 2011. Paula is also Director of Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited, Lion Pty Ltd and Allianz Australia Limited. As well as a Member of the Kirin Holdings International Advisory Board and a Member of the Takeovers Panel.
Ms Dwyer was the former Chairman of Healthscope Limited and a Director of Leighton Holdings Limited, Suncorp Group Limited and Foster’s Group Limited. She is a former member of the ASIC External Advisory Panel and the Victorian Casino and Gaming Authority and of the Victorian Gaming Commission.
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.
Gail’s banking career spans 35 years, split equally between South Africa and Australia. While in South Africa, Gail held a number of senior executive positions in the Nedbank Group.
Gail served as the Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of two banks in Australia – St.George Bank from 2002 to 2007 and Westpac from 2008 to 2015. In 2008, these two banks came together under Gail’s leadership in what was the largest in-market merger in Australian financial services. At the time of her retirement in February 2015, The Westpac Group was the country’s 2nd largest bank and the 12th largest bank in the world, in terms of market capitalisation.
Richard Goyder AO is the chairman of Woodside Petroleum Ltd, Qantas Airways Ltd, and the AFL Commission. He also chairs JDRF Australia, the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, and the Channel 7 Telethon Trust. Formerly he was Chairman of the Australian B20 (the key business advisory body to the international economic forum which includes business leaders from all G20 economies).
Richard was the Managing Director and CEO of Wesfarmers Limited from July 2005 to November 2017.
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.
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.
Brian Hartzer is an experienced financial service professional and a former CEO of Westpac.
He is a veteran of New York-based banking strategy firm, First Manhattan Consulting Group, and has held senior roles at ANZ and the Royal Bank of Scotland.
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Mastermind groups are limited to a maximum number of participants and are invite only or following a successful application. Applicants are vetted by The Mentor list team, Chairman, Facilitator and finally by the existing members in the group.