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The Business Case for Culture: What a CEO needs to know

One of the most often asked questions we get about creating culture change is “how do I get my CEO on board?” We decided to ask them.

Join us as we engage four of our most experienced and effective CEO leaders in an insightful conversation about why they believe developing a constructive culture is so critical to the success of their organisations:
• What convinced them that the investment required to do the work was worthwhile?
• What have they learnt about how culture shapes performance in their organisation?
• If they needed to convince another CEO of the value of culture, what would they say?

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Rebecca Kardos

CEO
Aurora Energy

Rebecca Kardos

CEO
Aurora Energy

Rebecca is the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Aurora Energy the Tasmanian State Owned energy retailer. Rebecca has significant executive experience in the utilities sector in Australian and New Zealand in both the public and private sector. Rebecca also has non-executive director experience in the not for profit sector and with industry bodies. Rebecca is passionate about creating and realising value for customers, organisations, shareholders and the broader community.

She has proven performance in the creation and execution of strategy, which is supported by her strong ability to collaborate, constructively challenge and facilitate change. Rebecca holds a Masters of Business Administration, a Bachelor of Computer Science and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors .

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Pat McCafferty

CEO
Yarra Valley Water

Pat McCafferty

CEO
Yarra Valley Water

Pat is Managing Director of Yarra Valley Water, one of Australia’s largest water utilities providing water and sanitation services to two million people across Melbourne’s eastern and northern suburbs, with $5B in assets, and annual turnover of $1B.
In a career spanning over 30 years in the water industry, Pat has played a lead role within Yarra Valley Water and the broader water sector in addressing critical challenges such as extreme drought and rapid population growth.
Pat has also played a leading role in building Yarra Valley Water’s world class culture, as measured through Human Synergistics' Organisational Culture Inventory® and the AON Hewitt employee engagement survey; resulting in Yarra Valley Water being awarded Aon Hewitt Best Employers (Australia and New Zealand) 2017.

Pat has worked in the USA water sector and advised the Australian Federal Government as part of the National Water Initiative. He is also Chair of the Water Services Association of Australia (Australia's peak body for major urban water utilities) and Chair of the Thriving Communities Partnership (a cross sector collaboration to improve support for vulnerable customers of essential services). Pat is also a member of the Monash Infrastructure Advisory Council and a member of the Leadership Oversight Committee for the Women in Water Leadership Program (a Water for Victoria initiative).

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Vaughan Payne

CEO
Waikato Regional Council

Vaughan Payne

CEO
Waikato Regional Council

Vaughan is passionate about collaboration and leadership. He actively seeks to reinforce a culture of working well with others wherever he works. Indeed, the three most important words in Waikato Regional Council's (WRC) mission are 'working with others'. As Chief Executive of Waikato Regional Council, Vaughan has overall responsibility for leading and managing the organisation, implementing council decisions, and ensuring the effective and efficient performance of council.

Vaughan has been Chief Executive since 2013, joining council in 2010 as manager of policy and transport His career to date has been in both the private (Fletcher Challenge, Beca, Boffa Miskell) and public (Auckland, Opotiki and Waikato councils) sectors.

Simon

Simon Towns joined Constellation Brands New Zealand as Managing Director and President in May 2016, where he now oversees New Zealand, Australia, Asia and Canada. An Auckland native, he returned to New Zealand after a promotion from SVP Strategy and Development for Constellation Brands Inc in San Francisco.

In the US, he partnered with Constellation’s global Wine and Spirits leadership team to bring a coordinated and cohesive approach to how we develop, drive and implement our Wine and Spirits division strategy. He was also charged with coordinating and leading a cross-functional team to solve core business issues that impede the growth of our global wine and spirits business.

Simon has more than 15 years of experience working across strategy, finance, investment banking, wine and consumer-packaged goods. He came to Constellation from Pernod Ricard, where he served as Managing Director of Mumm Napa, overseeing all aspects of the business. He also served as the Vice President Strategy and Finance for Pernod’s wines and champagnes business in the US.



   

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Simon Towns

Managing Director and President
Constellation Brands New Zealand

Simon Towns

Managing Director and President
Constellation Brands New Zealand

Prior to Pernod Ricard, Simon worked for the Boston Consulting Group, where he led project teams focused on strategy, marketing, sales and organisational issues. He also spent eight years in the banking industry focused on credit risk management.

Simon was a professional athlete with an illustrious field hockey career, appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to hockey in 2007. He has led teams across New Zealand, Australia, France and the UK, including the Olympic Games in 2004 for New Zealand. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance and a Bachelor of Arts in Finance from the University of Auckland.