About this title: You can theorise all you like about how to run a large public company but no one can provide better practical advice than those who have actually done it. Here is a kind of colloquium involving nine of the most successful Australian CEOs of recent times. There is Michael Chaney, the legendary CEO of Wesfarmers; Catherine Livingstone, whose tenure at Cochlear Ltd made it the market darling of the med tech sector; Wal King, who is still driving Leighton on to bigger and bolder enterprises; the doyen of aviation and former Qantas boss, James Strong; the ebullient banker John McFarlane, CEO of ANZ; the man who transformed British pay TV, Sam Chisholm; the curmudgeonly doyen of retailing, Gerry Harvey; the former head of the Ford Motor Company world-wide, Melbourne's own Jac Nasser; and the great larrikin achiever out of the 80s, former Brambles chief, Gary Pemberton. These are not mere theorists; they are an those business leaders who have strutted their stuff on the corporate highwire and lived to tell how it can be done. They have overseen spectacular changes and growth in the great enterprises to which they have been entrusted and their insights provide for readers of this book a smorgasbord of practical advice.
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