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Taking a 185 year old brand into the Digital age with David Jones CEO Scott Fyfe

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On this episode Luke sits down with the CEO of David Jones, Scott Fyfe and explore his career journey where we dive deep into arguably the biggest challenge of his incredible career as CEO of the iconic Australian department store. Under new ownership and renewed investment, Scott paints the vision for the future, takes us through the road map to success and is candid about just how much time, effort and energy it's going to take. You will get an authentic look at being a CEO, what steps he took to get there and view on new revenue streams DJs are exploring in Media and Digital.

Run time:

33.11

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Journey to the C-Suite

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22

Guests

Scott Fyfe

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From East Timor to the CEO table we meet ASX listed Accent Group Divisional CEO, Armando Pedruco

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Retail is an industry made up of personalities, people leaders and change makers. In this episode we meet someone who embodies all that Retail means and offers, the Divisional CEO at Accent Group, Armando Pedruco. Starting his career on the shop floor and rising quickly to become an AFR Executive of the Year, Armando has delivered outcomes wherever he has led teams. Known for his engaging style, passion and energy, Armando takes us on his career journey that has found him arriving at the C-Suite in a time when disruption and ambiguity is at it's peak. For all aspiring and arriving Retail executives this is a passion fuelled episode not to be missed.

Run time:

29.40

Series

Journey to the C-Suite

Episode

21

Guests

Armando Pedruco

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Moving beyond the C-Suite to establish a successful Board career with the Chairman of iSelect Brodie Arnhold

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In this episode, Emu Partner Anna Mercer meets Brodie Arnhold. Brodie chairs an impressive eight boards including ASX listed iSelect and Shaver Shop. Brodie takes us on his non-executive journey and shares how he has carved out a long and successful board career. He talks about some of the pitfalls to avoid and what it really means and takes to sit on an ASX board. If you're embarking on this journey or have aspirations to join an ASX board in the future this is a must listen.

Run time:

21.34

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Journey to the C-Suite

Episode

20

Guests

Brodie Arnhold

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Bringing energy and passion to the C-Suite with former COO at The Iconic and incoming CEO at Flybuys, Anna Lee

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In Episode 19 we meet the incoming CEO of Flybuys Anna Lee, one of the most humble, humorous and high energy executives you are likely to meet. We explore just how she maintains that enthusiasm for work and life and what we can expect from her first 100 days at the helm of Australia's largest loyalty program. If you're interested to hear from one of the top female CEOs in Australia to truly understand what makes her tick, this is the episode for you. It's jam packed full of takeaways and life lessons to get you back on track with your leadership career and bouncing out of bed again to tackle the next corporate challenge.

Run time:

41:30

Series

Journey to the C-Suite

Episode

19

Guests

Anna Lee

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Putting your exec career in the fast lane with Uber's GM for Rides Dom Taylor

About this episode

On this episode we sit down with Uber's GM for Rides, Dom Taylor and discuss how they've navigated through a pandemic which put the brakes on nearly 70% of their business. With over 15 million cars on the road it's hard to see the future looking any different but Dom shares his own perspective from inside the tent on the future of car ownership and large bets Uber are making on a big, bold future. Dom has a Masters from Oxford and has enjoyed a meteoric rise in one of the worlds most talked about companies, we go under the hood of how he's made it all work and thrive as a leader in a global technology Unicorn.

Run time:

24.09

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Journey to the C-Suite

Episode

18

Guests

Dom Taylor

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From PHD to becoming a tech MD. We meet Deliveroo's CEO, Ed McManus

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On this Episode we meet Ed McManus, CEO of food and grocery delivery giant Deliveroo but unlike many tech CEOs his career started in an unlikely place. Having graduated with a PhD in Biochemistry, Ed went onto to work in executive roles at GSK, became a researcher for Melbourne University and to lead Australia's greenest energy retailer Powershop. In this wide ranging interview Ed shares his incredible career journey, views on climate change, advice on building diverse teams and there's of course a bit of Irish / English banter along the way. One not to miss!

Run time:

25:34

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Journey to the C-Suite

Episode

17

Guests

Ed McManus

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Rolling out global mega brands like Nike & Samsung

About this episode

Retail director of Nike outlets in the US by the age of 30, CEO of Jeanswest and Co-founder of his own retail conglomerate which includes 60 licensed Nike stores and now Samsung. We explore Steve Younane’s incredible career and what a year operating a retail business through Covid was really like! Sit back, relax and listen as this episode is full of takeouts and lessons from a long career at the top.

Run time:

30:56

Series

Journey to the C-Suite

Episode

16

Guests

Steve Younane

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From refugee to MD we meet the inspiring leader of Accenture's retail & consumer practice, Nhung Mason

About this episode

On Episode #15 we meet the Managing Director of Accenture's Retail & Consumer practice, Nhung Mason where we explore what it takes to be trusted by a CEO in today's volatile and uncertain world. We take a trip down memory lane as Nhung shares her heroic journey as a refugee fleeing Vietnam and arriving safely to Australia with her 10 siblings! If that's not enough she also advocates for women in leadership and shares her views on finding balance in a lop sided world. Gender is one thing but diversity is so much more argues Nhung...and I tend to agree. This one is not to be missed.

Run time:

34:18

Series

Journey to the C-Suite

Episode

16

Guests

Nhung Mason

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Leadership Agility for the new world of work

We’re currently experiencing a seismic shift in the way we work. Leaders now have an extraordinary opportunity to reconsider, redefine and reinvent how teams work, how they engage with them and how businesses operate.

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Why cognitive diversity is the new competitive advantage

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Time to appoint your first Chief Customer Officer

It’s been well documented that the role of the CMO and even the term ‘marketing’ might not encompass all that is expected of a Marketing executive in the digital age. In just one recent example of the evolution of Marketing, we see ex-Uber CMO Steve Brennen switch to Fintech disruptors Zip Co in a newly created role of CCO (Chief Customer Officer).