INTHEBLACK Young Business Leaders 2014


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Inspired, intrepid and (almost) invincible. Meet the INTHEBLACK Young Business Leaders 2014.

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INTHEBLACK Young Business Leaders 2014

  2. THEY’RE DISRUPTERS, COLLABORATORS AND AGILE NETWORKERS. Many display a strong desire to make a personal impact by using their business know-how in social enterprises. All of this year’s INTHEBLACK Young Business Leaders are aged under 40 and most have a finance qualification, but their careers are extraordinarily diverse.
  3. MEET THE JUDGING PANEL Penny Egan FCPA President and chairman, CPA Australia Alex Malley FCPA Chief executive, CPA Australia David Spong FCPA CFO, Ericsson Australia, NZ and Fiji Jen Dalitz CPA Gender balance consultant and founder, Sphinxx Preston Kevin Lewis Managing director, Warner Bros Consumer Products, Australia, NZ and India Aaron Musca CPA CFO, IKEA Australia
  4. “You need to ask silly questions when you are in the early part of your career, before you are seen as ‘the expert’.” READ MORE Yassmin Abdel-Magied, 22 Ground well engineer, Shell
  5. “The motivation was really trying to create something from the ground up.” READ MORE Paul Luczak CPA, 31 Director, White Sky
  6. LEADERSHIP DOES NOT JUST EQUATE TO EARNING BIG DOLLARS. There is a genuine passion and vision to do something that makes a difference and the commitment there is so refreshing.
  7. “When you have that accounting background, you realise it’s still a numbers game if it’s engineering or another kind of firm.” READ MORE Matthew Tee Kai Woon CPA, 38 Group executive director Bina Puri
  8. “Sound financial management makes a difference where it really matters.” READ MORE Chelsea Collins CPA, 29 Finance Manager, Oxfam GB
  9. “We turn out great technology but because we are a small market we have a much harder job.” READ MORE Israel Cooper CPA, 32 Co-founder, CFO and senior VP Trigger Happy
  10. “We were trying to solve the challenge of the chicken or the egg: whether you get the people or the clients first.” READ MORE Vickie Ping Wai Fan CPA, 37 Managing partner, Fan, Chan & Co
  11. THEY APPLY EARLY SUCCESS TO A BIGGER CANVAS. Young business leaders should always be looking to develop their skills for a larger map of leadership; to test themselves all the time with their capacity to influence better behaviour.
  12. “I’ve never let age get in the way of anything I wanted to do.” READ MORE Matt Baxby, 37 Group executive Retail and online banking Bank of Queensland
  13. “The first 10,000 users are the hardest to get and we are just at that stage.” READ MORE Tim Fung, 30 CEO and co-founder Airtasker
  14. “How you manage people determines how successful you will be.” READ MORE Neel Augusthy CPA, 36 CFO supply chain Johnson & Johnson Medical
  15. “You always have to overcome something in the process of innovation.” READ MORE Kelly Bayer Rosmarin, 37 Group executive, institutional banking and markets, CBA
  16. LONG TERM EMPLOYEES ARE BECOMING RARE. Young leaders’ careers are fluid in nature, with a disregard for geographic boundaries or traditional hierarchy being both a benefit and a challenge for organisations.
  17. “I believe in a quiet, strong and grounded leadership.” READ MORE Rachael Chong, 32 Founder, Catchafire
  18. “If you over-plan you can blindside yourself to opportunities.” READ MORE Greg Angenent CPA, 38 Acting director, financial accounting and operations Department of Parliamentary Services
  19. “You have to have a lot of passion but if you can’t pay the bills it doesn’t work. But I’m an accountant and it’s natural to me.” READ MORE Steve Hui CPA, 38 CEO and founder, iFLYflat
  20. “Having a replicable model, we can to expand at a much quicker rate for the next 18 months..” READ MORE Katerina Kimmorley, 26 Co-founder, Pollinate Energy
  21. THEY ARE ALL DOING THINGS DIFFERENTLY. Today’s young leaders play their own game – they are not predictable. They make a name for themselves by being disruptive. Yet there is also an eagerness to collaborate.
  22. “Most Asian countries are trying to reform their accounting and auditing framework to comply with international standards.” READ MORE Le The Viet CPA, 36 Deputy director general, Nexia International
  23. “I force myself out of my comfort zone and take on challenges, because if you don’t, you don’t know what you’re capable of.” READ MORE Nicolette Maury, 35 Country manager and managing director, Intuit Australia
  24. “I do feel motivation to do something that contributes to a better world, not only to make money.” READ MORE Dorjee Sun, 36 Social entrepreneur, founder & CEO Carbon Conservation, director Carbon Agro
  25. “You have to think as though you are one of the owners of the business.” READ MORE Fergus Lam FCPA, 39 Director, internal audit and management services, Sa Sa International Holdings
  26. “The growth has definitely been surprising. And through word of mouth.” READ MORE Ned Dwyer, 30 CEO, Elto
  27. “The best advice I’ve had came from my dad: you are never really the owner of the business, you are the gatekeeper for the next generation.” READ MORE Katherine Brown, 32 Brand manager Brown Brothers
  28. INNOVATORS. ENTREPRENEURS. HIGH ACHIEVERS. The individual approaches of the 2014 INTHEBLACK Young Business Leaders inspire a bright future for enterprises in all sectors.