Company directors no longer want to be named on the ASIC register, but journalists say using unique numbers instead to identify them will make business journalism far harder.
Nobody is more connected in Australian business than former Orica chief Malcolm Broomhead. That's the result of The Power Index crunching Optimice's data on a boardroom connectedness basis.
David Gonski, not surprisingly, rejects the idea of his own power. But when you add up his boardroom roles -- from Coca-Cola to Investec to Infrastructure NSW and the Sydney Theatre Company -- and his relationships in Canberra, there's little doubt he rules corporate Australia.
Bob Every is responsible for a lot of jobs as chairman of retail giant Wesfarmers and building products manufacturer Boral. But the corporate veteran who helps steer the country's biggest retailers -- and dolls out big salaries to its bosses -- would rather talk about his charity work.
A ranking of ASX board members based on the combined market capitalisation of their companies (worth $50 billion or more). Data compiled by business intelligence firm Optimice and sourced from Thomson Reuters as of October 26.
A failed political tilt turned into a glittering corporate career for Kevin McCann, who steers the boards of millionaire factory Macquarie and Origin Energy among other high-profile business gigs. Name nearly any sector of the Australian economy and he's touched it.
Who are the most powerful people in Australian boardrooms? Beyond the bosses, a small clutch of well-connected, highly influential directors are driving corporate strategy.