Leading through uncertainty: CEOs take on the big issues Event as iCalendar

(Straight Talk Speaker Series, Alumni events)

04 April 2017


Venue: The University of Auckland Business School, Owen G Glenn Building, 12 Grafton Road, Auckland

6.15pm: Registration in Level 1 Foyer
7pm: Presentation in Fisher & Paykel Appliances Auditorium


If time is a river, the world has now hit rock-strewn rapids. Old geopolitical certainties are collapsing, Europe’s future is in doubt, and free trade is in retreat. The effects of climate change are accelerating, jobs are disappearing, and populations are ageing. The sheer scale of the disruption is overwhelming.
Join us to hear Aviva Group CEO Mark Wilson as he leads three University of Auckland alumni and CEOs from Australia’s leading banks – Andrew Thorburn, Shayne Elliott and Ian Narev – in conversation about how they are leading their businesses and what these big issues mean for the future.


Mark Wilson, Group CEO, Aviva

In an eventful career, Mark has rescued a number of underperforming global companies, consolidating his reputation as a turnaround specialist. Starting out in New Zealand where he was raised, he spent the next 14 years in Asia, culminating in a role as CEO of AIA. Mark became Group CEO of Aviva in early 2013. He is a champion for sustainable business and a key commentator on the role of business in society. He was named in the Sunday Times 2016 list of Britain’s most influential people and was named the 2016 UK New Zealander of the Year and ranked 12th on Bloomberg’s 2016 World’s Best-Value CEOs.


Andrew Thorburn, Group CEO and Managing Director, National Australia Bank

Andrew Thorburn became Managing Director and Group CEO of National Australia Bank (NAB) in 2014. A career banker, Andrew joined NAB in 2005 as head of retail banking. In 2008, he became Managing Director and CEO of BNZ and was responsible for its strategic positioning and performance, before moving into his current role. Andrew holds a BCom (Economics) from the University of Auckland, a Diploma in Marketing from the UK-based Chartered Institute of Marketing, and an MBA from the University of Durham. He has also completed the Executive Programme (TEP) at the University of Virginia’s Darden Business School.


Shayne Elliott, CEO, ANZ

ANZ’s CEO since January 2016, Shayne has worked in banking for more than 25 years throughout Asia, Europe, the Middle East, the Americas and the Pacific. Previously, as CFO, he headed ANZ’s institutional bank and played a central role in fine-tuning the bank’s super-regional strategy. His responsibilities included all aspects of finance as well as group strategy, legal, treasury, investor relations, and mergers and acquisitions. After completing a BCom (Management) at the University of Auckland, Shayne worked in a number of countries for EFG-Hermes and Citibank/Citigroup. He joined ANZ in 2009 as CEO Institutional, leading its transaction banking, global markets, global loans, and relationship banking.


Ian Narev, CEO and MD, Commonwealth Bank

Ian has been the Managing Director and CEO of Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) since December 2011. He joined CBA in 2007 as Group Head of Strategy. From 2009 until his appointment as CEO, he was Group Executive, Business and Private Banking, with responsibility for SME banking, private banking, and the CommSec retail brokerage business. Ian holds BA and LLB degrees from the University of Auckland, an LLM degree in International Corporate Law from Cambridge University and an LLM degree in Public International Law from New York University. Ian is a Director of the Business Council of Australia and the International Monetary Conference.

About the Straight Talk Speaker Series

Headlined by some of the world’s most eminent business thinkers, the University of Auckland Business School’s Straight Talk events are available exclusively to our alumni.

Previous speakers include Chris Liddell (former CFO of Microsoft and General Motors and former CEO of Carter Holt Harvey), Simon Moutter (CEO of Telecom), Mark Wilson (Group CEO of Aviva) and Theo Spierings (CEO of Fonterra).

For more information please email Lusi McCabe at l.mccabe@auckland.ac.nz.