Jun 28, 2021
This week Claire talks with Jon Brett, highly esteemed NED and Chair to WOBSX’s Rosalind Dubbs and Helen Lynch Syndicates.
Born in Johannesburg, Jon grew up in apartheid South Africa. His career began when he became a partner of Grant Thornton, and then the Deputy CEO of a large industrial conglomerate called Unidev Limited. Jon discusses managing more than 1,000 employees, nine hospitals, 32 supermarkets, 130 retail stores and two manufacturing plants. Immigrating to Australia where Jon’s sister lived, his first entry into the Australian workforce was as Managing Director of Techway Limited in 1995, the internet banking pioneer for CBA, Advance Bank and St George.
Always on the lookout for a challenge, Jon has been consistently interested in innovation and new products, of which many he has taken through to listing. He set up the First Wine Fund with a colleague and invested in five wineries, which were later acquired by Vocus group, where Jon maintained a share. From a small listed company with a market cap of $5 million, Vocus listed on the ASX in July 2010. It has grown to a market cap of over $4.8 billion in less than six years, becoming Australia's fourth largest Telco.
Jon currently sits on the boards of CTM Australia & New Zealand, Mobilcom, Moore Park Golf Club and Soho Property App, and is Chair for Stride and Equity Partners and two of WOBSX’s Syndicates. In this podcast, Jon shares some of his most notable takeaways from mentoring WOB’s highly qualified, powerful and impressive members and how to market your CV specifically to your skillset.
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