40 Young Business Leaders 2013

The selection panel convened to assess the entries of the 2013 INTHEBLACK Young Business Leaders.

Meet the 2013 judging panel.

This article is from the April 2013 issue of INTHEBLACK.

James Strong was supportive of our Young Business Leaders list from the outset, participating on the panel two years running. His involvement reflected his belief in the need to nurture young talent and this year he led much of the discussion. Panel members assumed entrants had the ability to land a top job, develop others and get the most from a team, and leading by example was also a must-have attribute.

John Cahill, CPA Australia’s president, also prized “a sense of integrity”. Alex Malley, former CEO of CPA Australia, highlighted the significance of having passion and the courage to fail. James was on the lookout for people who had “done well from a tough start”. Ruth Medd, executive chair of Women on Boards, also was alert to individuals who were professionally well-rounded. Financier and philanthropist Chris Cuffe recognised that early leadership traits often emerge in individuals who “have the get up and go to experiment”. This rang true for public practitioner Jason Cunningham, who noted young leaders were likely to be ahead in sports, volunteering and other activities.

James Strong AO
The late James Strong was chairman of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Kathmandu Holdings Limited and the Organising Committee for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. He was also a former CEO and managing director of Qantas Airways Limited from 1993 to 2001, chair of Woolworths Limited, a director of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation and a member of the Nomura Australia Advisory Board. He also was previously chair of the Australian Council for the Arts and Insurance Australia Group Limited.

John Cahill FCPA
Cahill works as an independent non-executive director. He has more than 25 years’ experience in senior treasury, finance, accounting and risk management positions and has held the positions of CEO of Alinta Infrastructure Holdings and CFO of Alinta Ltd. He is a non-executive director of Emeco Holdings and deputy chairman of Electricity Networks Corporation. Cahill is also a councillor of Edith Cowan University, and chair of its Resources Committee and a member of the ECU Foundation Board.

Chris Cuffe
Cuffe has more than 25 years’ experience in building wealth management practices. He led Colonial First State Investments from a small start-up to Australia’s largest investment fund manager. Subsequently, at Challenger Financial Services Group, he grew the wealth management business from A$3 billion to A$12 billion. In 2006 Cuffe joined not-for-profit organisation Social Ventures Australia (SVA) as an executive director and went on to become chairman of the SVA Future Trust. He is now involved in a portfolio of activities including directorships, managing investments and roles in the not-for-profit sector.

Jason Cunningham FCPA
Cunningham, who featured in the inaugural INTHEBLACK Young Business Leaders, is an accountant, financial planner, author and radio commentator, who over the past 15 years has built a Melbourne-based public practice with more than 40 employees.

Alex Malley FCPA
Former chief executive of CPA Australia, Malley was responsible for 19 offices globally and more than 144,000 members in 127 countries. He serves on several boards and government sector committees. On The Bottom Line national television series, which airs on the Nine Network, Malley interviews high achievers and explores their insights on leadership.

Ruth Medd FCPA
Medd has held senior positions with the Australian Association of National Advertisers, Telstra, the Australian Broadcasting Tribunal and the Australian Government. Since 2000 she has been pursuing a career as a non-executive director. Currently she is executive chair of Women on Boards, chair of Australian Ethical Superannuation and a director of the National Foundation for Australian Women.

This article is from the April 2013 issue of INTHEBLACK.


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