Crikey is tracking the 50 most successful Australians in business on the world stage. If you can think of any other top Aussies who are strutting their stuff in global business and deserve to be on this list, send your suggestions to [email protected].
Charlie Bell – began his career at McDonald’s in 1971, flipping burgers in a suburban Sydney McDonald’s restaurant at age 15. A career Mackers man, he was CEO for most of 2004 until being tragically struck down by cancer.
Geoffrey Bible – started his career with Philip Morris in 1968 as its financial head in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He held various international positions before becoming CEO of Philip Morris International in 1987. Now retired.
Bob Bishop – studied mathematical physics at the University of Adelaide and did his Masters in Science at New York University, is now now World Chairman and CEO of Silicon Graphics.
Philip Bowman – worked in accountancy and venture development in Iran, Australia and the USA and and is also a non-executive director of BskyB. The former Coles Myer finance director who blew the whistle on Yannon is now CEO of grog giant Allied Domecq in London, which is being taken over in a $20 billion deal.
Sam Chisholm – spent almost a decade as CEO of BSkyB in London and now back in Australia as a Packer fix-it man.
Leigh Clifford – a mining engineer from Queensland, he joined Rio Tinto in 1970 and has held various roles in the Group’s coal and metalliferous operations and is now chief executive of Rio Tinto in London.
Jill Ker Conway – despite being a failure as Lend Lease chairman she is still a director of Merrill Lynch and Colgate-Palmolive.
David Crowe – studied at the universities of Sydney and NSW, he has held various prominent positions with the British American Tobacco Group since joining the company in 1995 from the pharmaceutical industry and is now managing director of British American Tobacco in South Africa.
Douglas Daft – the son of a Cessnock shoe store owner, Daft taught High School maths in Sydney before completing a business administration degree at the University of NSW. In 1969, he joined Coke as a planning officer, and over 30 years later became chairman and CEO but it was a troubled time at the top.
Leon Davis – former CEO of Rio Tinto in London and still deputy chairman. Now back in Australia where he also chairs Westpac.
Andrew Day – former Sensis CEO who quit in 2004 to become CEO of world directories business Apax-Cinven in Europe.
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Richard Druce – the former Killara boy was a Vice President of Remy Martin, based in Paris. Not the biggest job, but it carries plenty of prestige and came complete with a couple of chateaux.
Rod Eddington – former CEO of Cathay Pacific and Ansett and now CEO of British Airways. Returning to Australia as a professional director at the end of 2005 and already sits on the News Corp and Rio Tinto boards.
Doug Elix – Adelaide-born boss of IBM Sales and Distribution, the $US45 billion services arm of IBM, joined IBM in 1969, and was named chief executive officer, IBM Australia in 1994. Elix was formerly Senior Vice President and Group Executive, IBM Global Services, but has recently been promoted to Senior Vice President and Group Executive, Sales and Distribution. Rumoured to have been approached to be CEO of Telstra.
John Ellice-Flint – the Santos CEO spent 26 years with US energy giant Unocal, concluding as senior vice president and global exploration and technology.
David Ffrench – (yes that’s double f, not a typo) formerly with ESSO Australia, he is now global head of environmental services for Exxon-Mobil.
Doug Flynn – (ex-News Ltd and a Newcastle boy) ran the London-listed media and m,garketing services company, Aegis Group plc, before recently moving to Rentokil as CEO after almost signing on the dotted line to take over at Fairfax.
Richard Goodmanson – the tough nut from Queensland is chief operating officer of chemical giant Du Pont.
James Gorman – head of Merrill Lynch’s US private client group.
Malcolm Gough – He was the first non-Japanese executive to take charge of a Mazda subsidiary when he took charge of the Australian company in 1997. The 57-year-old has now been promoted to executive general manager overseas sales in Japan.
Ray Greenshields – educated at UNSW, he spent over 30 years working for AMP, before moving to Zurich Financial Services as chief executive of its UK, Ireland and international life business, where he stayed for two years, before leaving in 2002.
Michelle Guthrie – former Allens lawyer in Sydney, now running STAR TV for News Corp in Hong Kong.
Peter Hearl – formerly with ESSO Australia, he is now president of Pizza Hut.
Ton Helsham – joined Volvo in 1985 and since 2000 has been President of Volvo Construction Equipment.
Patricia Hewitt – Trade and Industry Minister in the Blair Government after a successful stint with Anderson Consulting.
David Hill – global head of Fox Sports for News Corp.
Les Hinton – Rupert Murdoch’s managing director of UK newspaper division News International.
David Johnson – Chairman and CEO of Campbell Soup Co from 1990-77 and now a director of Colgate-Palmolive.
David Mackay – born in Hamilton, New Zealand, he studied business at Charles Stuart Universit and joined Kellogg Australia as group product manager in 1985. He left to become managing director of Sara Lee in Australia, but returned to Kellogg in 1998 as managing director, Kellogg Australia. He’s now President and Chief Operating Officer of Kelloggs globally.
Trevor Matthews – has an MA in Actuarial Studies from Macquarie University, Sydney. He spent 26 years with Legal & General, but moved to NAB in 1996. He joined Manulife Financial in 1998 as Executive Vice President, Canadian Operations and is now Senior Executive Vice President and General Manager, Japan.
Stuart McGill – former CEO of ESSO Australia, is now number three in the giant Dallas-based Exxon-Mobil Corporation – president of ExxonMobil Gas Marketing.
Phil Merrick and Caren DeWitt – the co-founders of Webmethods founded the business in 1996 and floated in on the NASDAQ in February 2000. Whilst hit by the tech wreck it has survived and has annual revenues of almost $300 million.
Stephen Millar – is the CEO and President of Constellation Wines, which became the world’s largest wine business when BRL Hardy was acquired by US company Constellation Brands Inc last year. He’s still based in Adelaide.
Tom Mockridge – CEO of News Corp’s emerging Italian pay-TV business, Sky Italia. Mockridge is a former SMH and News Ltd journalist. He did his cadetship at the Taranaki Daily News in New Zealand, was press officer for Paul Keating when he was Treasurer. He was CEO of Foxtel from 1997-2000 before running News Corp’s New Zealand operations.
John Mullen – Joint CEO of DHL Express, a $US28 billion revenue market leader in the international documents, packages and logistics industry. DHL employs over 170,000 people across 220 countries and territories making it one of the most international companies in the world. The former TNT veteran also sits on the board of management of Deutsche Post World Net, the parent of DHL and the world’s biggest transport company.
Rupert Murdoch – executive chairman of News Corp. Rupert studied at Oxford and worked in Fleet Street before taking over the family newspaper business. He expanded throughout Australia and in 1969 bought the UK titles the News of the World and The Sun. In 1976 he bough the New York Post, The Times and the Sunday Times. In the 1980s News Corp bought 20th Century Fox and began the Fox Network, and in the 90s News developed satellite television in the UK and Asian markets.
Jac Nasser – former chief executive of Ford Motor Co (where he spent 35 years) and is now chairman of Polaroid and a director of Brambles and BSkyB. He was born in Lebanon, but move to Australia with his family in the 1950s .He is fluent in English, Arabic, Spanish and Portuguese.
John Pizzey – former number two at Pittsburg-based aluminium giant Alcoa and chairman of the London Metals Exchange. He is a graduate of Melbourne University in Chemical Engineering and from RMIT in Management.
Geoff Polites – recently left Ford Australia to take up a post in Germany.
Mike Quigley – Studied Physics, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering at the University of New South Wales. He joined Alcatel – now the world’s biggest provider of broadband internet equipment – in 1971 as an engineering Intern. He rose to be president of Alcatel Americas and CEO of Alcatel USA. The expat Australian has now been promoted to chief operating officer at France’s Alcatel and has also been anointed to replace chairman and chief executive Serge Tchuruk, who is due retire soon.
Glen Renfrew – the retired Australian-born MD of Reuters Holdings PLC now lives on Long Island. On graduating in medicine from Sydney University in 1952 he toured Europe and landed a job with Reuters, eventually taking the top job in 1981. Reuters Holdings became a public company on 4 June 1984, issuing 25% of the equity (106.8m shares at ¡1.96 a share), valuing the company at around 800 million pounds. Renfrew became an instant millionaire.
Clive Standish – the Zurich-based group chief financial officer of Swiss banking giant UBS.
Steve Targett – has just returned to ANZ but was a main board director of Lloyds TSB in London responsible for wholesale and international banking.
Evan Thornley – launched internet search and listings company Looksmart with wife Tracey from San Francisco in the 1990s and saw its market value peak at $7 billion during the dotcom boom. Now back in Australia plotting a political career but still non-executive chairman.
Elmar Toime – the executive deputy chairman of Britain’s Royal Mail was born in Italy but educated in Australia before he moved to New Zealand in 1987 and then climbed the corporate ladder in the UK.
Peter Tomsett – the president and CEO of Canadian gold mining company Placer Dome, graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mining Engineering from the University of New South Wales and attained a Master of Science (Distinction) in Mineral Production Management from the Imperial College London. Tomsett, 47, joined Placer Dome in 1986, working most recently as Executive Vice-President of Placer Dome Asia Pacific and Africa. He is also director of the Minerals Council of Australia and the Australian Gold Council.
Philip Twyman – was the head of Morley Fund Management, Aviva’s fund management arm, and was appointed acting finance director, while the company looked for a permanent replacement for finance director Mike Biggs, after his resignation.
William (Bill) Webb – former vice chairman and chief operating officer. He worked for Philip Morris for 35 years, leading Philip Morris International from 1993 to 1997.
Kevin Whale – an Australian climbing the ranks inside General Motors having just been appointed to run the Chinese operation which sells 420,000 vehicles a year.
James Wolfensohn – outgoing president of the World Bank.
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