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Master CEOs: Insights from Australia's Leading CEOs



Master CEOs: Insights from Australia's Leading CEOs

Matthew Kidman, Alex Feher, Ron Walker (Foreword by)

ISBN: 978-1-118-31948-2 January 2012 Wrightbooks 384 Pages


Filled with insights from leading Australian CEOs, Master CEOs taps into the thoughts of Australia's leading

chief executive officers or managing directors in an effort to understand why they are such outstanding leaders, and why the companies they run have delivered above-average results. Master CEOs is not only about management — it also delivers a very strong message on leadership.

  • To be interviewed for the book, the CEO had to be in charge of their company for at least 10 years and delivered shareholders a return greater than the share market in that period.
  • CEOs covered include: Gerry Harvey from Harvey Norman, Paul Little from Toll Holdings, Graham Turner from Flight Centre, David Simmons from Hills Industries and many more.
  • All new interviews, never before published.
Foreword vii

About the authors xi

Acknowledgements xiii

Introduction xv

1 Selecting the Master CEOs 1

2 Tough medicine
Dr Edmund Bateman, Primary Health Care 7

3 David to Goliath
Andrew Reitzer, Metcash 31

4 The best mistake I ever made
John Rubino, Monadelphous Group 57

5 Making the world Little
Paul Little, Toll Holdings 79

6 The Hills are alive with the sound of music
David Simmons, Hills Industries 105

7 SuperSonic
Dr Colin Goldschmidt, Sonic Healthcare 131

8 Building a Kingdom
Wal King, Leighton Holdings 161

9 Banks, boats and Bundy
Ron Hancock, Wide Bay Australia 185

10 Soaring high
Graham Turner, Flight Centre 211

11 A bloody miracle
Brian McNamee, CSL 243

12 Out of Africa
Pat Grier, Ramsay Health Care 269

13 Mining for values
Owen Hegarty, Oxiana 295

14 Go Gerry, go, go, go
Gerry Harvey, Harvey Norman 323

Conclusion 355

Index 359