Risk, Response and Adaptation: A CEO Panel Discussion Webinar

The global pandemic COVID-19 has been a test of our society’s collective resilience. For organisations of all sizes, leaders are facing challenges in sustaining business health, adapting to new ways of working and nurturing staff morale.

Following on from our November panel discussion, we will hear from a group of highly respected leaders about their own experiences and learnings in developing organisational resilience and adaptability in the face of a crisis. 

Bevington Group’s Managing Director, Roger Perry, will be facilitating discussion.

Guest speakers:
  • Greg Ridder (Chairman, Kogan.com)
  • Judith Swales (CEO Asia Pacific, Fonterra)
  • Andrew Hunter (CEO, CPA Australia)

An overview of the session can be viewed here

The recording of the webinar can be viewed here

Please send your questions, comments and feedback to: webinar@bevingtongroup.com

The previous webinar in this series can be found here

The next webinar in this series can be found here

Read more of our resources here.

Panel of experts

Roger Perry
Managing Director, Bevington Group

Roger has provided productivity improvement services for many of Asia Pacific’s most respected companies and institutions including: ANZ; AMCOR; Downer; NAB; Perpetual; Qantas; Red Cross Blood Bank; Shell; University of Melbourne; University of Sydney; Virgin Australia; and Westpac.

Roger has been an assignment Director and Steering Committee member on over 60 transformation programs. 

Roger has published widely on productivity improvement and restructuring including in Boss Magazine, CEO Magazine, Management Today, Retail World, Marketing Magazine, and The Institute Journal.

He is an experienced company Director having sat on the Boards of a range of enterprises including: E*TRADE Australia; ANZ International Ltd (Singapore); Greenfleet; Lean Planning Services Pty Ltd; and Bevington Consulting Pty Ltd. 

He is also a very active contributor to Australia’s charitable sector as Chair of the World Vision Business Advisory Councils in both Melbourne and Sydney, and as Chair of Greenfleet’s Business Advisory Council.

Prior to joining the Bevington Group, Roger was a Group Senior Executive with the ANZ Bank, responsible for financial performance management (Head of Group Performance Management), as well as having major project governance accountabilities (Head of Group Project Centre of Excellence).

Greg Ridder
Chairman, Kogan.com

Greg Ridder is a non-executive director and business mentor.

Greg is a seasoned strategic leader, highly experienced in management, strategic growth, business restructuring, joint venture management and board operations in both Australia and Asia.

Formerly Asia Pacific Regional President at NYSE listed Owens-Illinois, he led a regional business with sales exceeding $1 billion; manufacturing glass packaging at 16 plants in 6 countries and employing some 7,000 people.  He was also President of the Packaging Council of Australia and a member of the Business Council of Australia.

Greg is currently chairman of listed online retailer Kogan.com (ASX:KGN) and is a non-executive director of Spirit Telecom (ASX:ST1).  He is also a member of the board at Phoenix Australia – Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health, Ethical Property Australia and PNG Sustainable Development Program Ltd.

In addition to his board roles Greg has engaged with the not-for-profit sector in building stronger inclusive businesses and developing commercial, strategic and leadership capability.  He has held interim leadership roles as CEO at the Royal Australian Institute of Architects and at Phoenix Australia – Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health.  At World Vision Australia he has been Chief Financial Officer and Chief Strategy Officer.  He has been a member of the board at both Oxfam Australia and B Labs Australia & New Zealand and, through Kilfinan Australia, is a mentor to a number of CEOs in the not-for-profit sector.

Greg completed an Accounting degree at RMIT; a Graduate Diploma in Marketing at Monash University; and the Advanced Management Programme at INSEAD in France.  He is a CPA and graduated member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

A native of Melbourne, Greg is married to Lee and together they have two sons, Gus and Sam.

Judith Swales
CEO Asia Pacific, Fonterra

Judith Swales leads Fonterra’s business in Asia Pacific where she is responsible for all sales and marketing of Fonterra’s consumer, food service and ingredients products in the region. Judith and her team also set the global strategy for the consumer and foodservice businesses.

Prior to this she was Fonterra’s COO Global Consumer and Food Service having earlier led the Innovation and Transformation business unit, shaping the future of Fonterra by harnessing innovation, emerging technologies and game changing business models, while embedding a performance driven culture. Judith joined our Co-operative in 2013 as Managing Director Australia and Fonterra Oceania, where she led the successful turnaround of the Australian business and oversaw Fonterra Brands New Zealand.

The daughter of a milkman, Judith grew up helping her father on his daily milk run. She has extensive experience in senior management and business turnarounds, and prior to joining Fonterra was the Managing Director of Heinz Australia, and CEO and Managing Director of Goodyear Dunlop, Australia and New Zealand. Judith worked for a number of UK retailers which culminated in her move to Australia in 2001 as the Managing Director of Angus and Robertson.

She served as a Non-Executive Director on the DuluxGroup Board from April 2011 to August 2019 and a Non-Executive Director on the Virgin Australia Board from May 2019 to August 2020. 

Judith has a degree in Microbiology and Virology.

Andrew Hunter
CEO, CPA Australia

Andrew is the Chief Executive Officer of CPA Australia, a multi-national business and one of the world’s largest professional accounting bodies with 19 offices globally and more than 166,000 members worldwide.

Prior to joining CPA Australia in 2018, Andrew was the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (Efic), Australia’s export credit agency from July 2013 to June 2017.  Efic is a commercially operated Federal Government agency that provides financial services to Australian companies seeking to grow their businesses internationally.

Previously, Andrew held senior positions with Macquarie during 22 years of service, including Head of Macquarie Capital’s Advisory business Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Head of Macquarie Group EMEA, and Head of Macquarie Capital EMEA, before returning to Australia in 2010 to head Macquarie’s Financial Institutions Group.

Professional Qualifications
Bachelor of Economics (Monash) (1989) and Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance from the Securities Institute of Australia (1991)

Andrew is also an Associate member of CPA Australia.