Want to be a CEO? Being an executive is a crucial first step, but not all leadership roles are likely to lead to the corner office. Australia's top boards are opting for leaders who've either already demonstrated leadership success, or who bring operational mastery to the chief role.
The men and women at the top of the country's largest organisations can make decisions that affect an incredible number of people: employees, shareholders, customers and suppliers among them. They can also get the government of the day to pay attention. Here's our shortlist of the country's most powerful CEOs and Chairs.
Chooks must be less fun than newspapers. And journalists must be much better company. How else to explain why Australia’s chicken king Bob Ingham is packing it in and selling the farm at the tender age of 80, while Rupert Murdoch is still going strong at 81?
Prime Minister Gillard did a decent enough job explaining the carbon tax on the ABC's Q&A last night, though as a thoroughly coached media performer she should have dwelt a little longer on one phrase in particular: in line with Treasury forecasts.
Private equity group Anchorage Capital, has been made an offer too good to refuse as a result of Woolworths' determination to exit the difficult electronics retail segment after about three decades of trying to find a format for the Dick Smith chain that worked.
Kim Williams' video to staff yesterday, announcing radical surgery at News Ltd to keep the patient alive, displayed a brilliant bedside manner, especially when it came to telling staff that some of them would regrettably have to go.
Robbie Cooke’s rise to the top of a nearly $4 billion company, Tatts Group, is a story of seizing opportunity. When he takes up the CEO role in January 2013, he will be returning to the gaming sector after seven years in the online travel booking business, Wotif.
Bleak house or happy house? It depends on which newspaper you read, following the visit to Adelaide yesterday by BHP Billiton CEO Marius Kloppers. So, just what is the status of the Olympic Dam expansion plan?
BHP Billiton chief executive, Marius Kloppers, advised the Big Australian’s remuneration committee that he does not want his bonus this year. Cynics might say that Kloppers hardly needs the extra cash after five years in the top job, but personal branding experts say that Kloppers’ move is the kind of personal and corporate branding that money cannot buy.
Casino mogul James Packer has forked out almost half-a-million dollars on newspaper advertising in less than a week as part of his audacious bid to have Jeff Kennett installed as a director of Echo Entertainment, the owner of Sydney's Star casino.
Kerry Packer was once the world’s biggest and most famous casino gambler. But he often told his son he didn’t take risks in business. James, on the other hand, hardly ever plays the tables, but is happy to lay down billions of dollars of his own money to build new casinos around the world.
Australia's Rich List members love boats: big, expensive, floating-palace-of-the-high-seas boats that cost a large fortune to own and a smaller fortune to run. But owning a big motor yacht or super-yacht isn't always smooth sailing.
Rio Tinto chief executive Tom Albanese would never publically admit that his company is a major beneficiary from the current minerals downturn. But between the lines in the latest Rio Tinto profit report you can see enormous long-term benefits for the company coming from the downturn.
If the Grocon dispute isn't' settled the vicious circle of slowing business activity, slowing tax revenues, and rising unemployment will do its work, and we won't be back in the golden age of the late-noughties -- more the 'rust belt' blight that characterised the Victorian economy in the late 1980s.
If you ever wondered how much the Packers made from winning the Super League war in the 1990s, you need look no further than today’s $1.97 billion bid by News Ltd to take over Consolidated Media Holdings.
Telstra is in the middle of a “rebranding campaign” managed by one of the nation’s best-known chief marketing officers, Mark Buckman. His detailed analysis of Telstra’s efforts offer insights for all leading companies about ways to measure return on investment in branding and marketing, although not all of them stand up to the scrutiny of experts.
If you want to see a pretty pack of pollies, you need look no further than James Packer's new political mates. The billionaire's offices in Sydney's Park Street are now becoming a stronghold for the Labor Party in exile.
Investors saw some awe-inspiring numbers -- and not the good kind -- trotted out over the past two months of the corporate reporting season. So are executives to blame for big writedowns announced by Rio TInto, BHP Billiton, Fairfax and NewsCorp?
How did it happen? One day you’re a boy wonder, the next you’re publicly struggling to hold onto your job. Marius Kloppers, BHP Billiton’s man of iron, is suddenly reduced to a rubbery figure sitting atop an increasingly dull-looking corporation.
Finally some good news today for Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest, the billionaire miner who has seen his fortune halve in nine months thanks to the tumbling share price of his iron ore miner Fortescue Metals Group.
The High Court today found mining billionaire Andrew Twiggy Forrest did not mislead investors and breach the Corporations Act eight years ago. The finding will come as a blow to ASIC, which has engaged in a long legal battle with Forrest.
The lesson for other leading companies from the Gunns fallout is that serious action came too late: heads should have rolled years ago. The board and fund managers pumped other people’s money into what could arguably have been seen as a fantasy.
The tomato sauce, the regular staff barbecues and the brewed coffee are on their way out at the iron ore mining company, Fortescue Metals Group. After narrowing escaping breaching its debt covenants, FMG is tightening its belt and searching every nook and cranny to cut costs.
Online advocacy group GetUp! is well known for its effective campaigns in favour of gay marriage and protecting the environment, but as it grows and cements its position as Australia's leading advocacy group, it's increasingly turning its attention to corporate Australia.
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