CEO panel: future leadership


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CEO panel: future leadership

Aug 21

Chief executives of some of our nation's longest running companies discuss what leadership is required now for Australia's next half century.


Debby Blakey, Chief Executive Officer, HESTA
Brian Hartzer, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Westpac Banking Corporation
Dean Mehmet, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Hastings Deering


 Public event
 Hilton Brisbane, 190 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane, QLD

 Lunch (12.00pm to 2.00pm)

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Event overview

CEDA’s founding members are organisations who have contributed to our nation’s economy and participated in public policy debate for over 50 years. Through a period of massive change these are businesses that have struggled, have thrived and have, along with the Australian economy and Australian society, been completely transformed. CEDA is proud to convene their Chief Executives to share stories, their leadership expertise and to put forward their views on the leadership required for Australia’s next half century.

Gather your colleagues and guests for this second event in CEDA Founding member’s CEO panels for 2017 to hear about robust, resilient leadership, and the characteristics of organisations that survive.

Formed in 1960 by Sir Douglas Copland with the support of over 30 leading organisations from a cross sectors and across the country, CEDA's purpose is unchanged - to harness the ideas and influence of leading thinkers from business, government, community and academia, to progress good public policy for Australia’s economic and social development.

Meet the speakers 

Debby Blakey
Chief Executive Officer, HESTA

Along with the health and community services sector HESTA has grown over the past 30 years. Debby Blakely has a University of Natal Bachelor of Science and has held leadership roles at the now $36 billion industry fund since 2008.




Brian Hartzer
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Westpac Banking Corporation

The Bank of New South Wales’ expansion was fuelled by the gold rush, by 1861 it had 37 branches. It became Westpac Banking Corporation in 1982 and prides itself on being Australia’s first bank. Brian graduated from Princeton University with a degree in European History and joined Westpac in 2012.


Dean Mehmet
Managing Director, Hastings Deering

In Queensland, the Northern Territory and across our pacific neighbourhood, in Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, New Caledonia, Hastings Deering has been in mining and construction since 1932. Dean Mehmet, a mechanical engineer, joined as Chief Operating Officer and was appointed Chief Executive in 2014. 



Emma Petherick
Partner, McKinsey & Company

Founded in 1929 McKinsey & Company is a global consultancy and publisher of the McKinsey Quarterly.  Emma Petherick, a leader of the Australian business, has worked in the UK, US, Europe and holds a University of Oxford Master’s in Economics. 


Meet the moderator 

John Massey
CEDA Board of Governors

John Massey is a member a national group of eminent Australians, CEDA's Board of Governors. He is Chairman of Transurban Queensland (formerly Queensland Motorways) and UQ Holdings, and a Director of Stockyard Beef. John became a member of CEDA while a Commerce student looking for good reference material in the 1960’s.


Sponsorship opportunities available:

Align your brand with CEDA and communicate with hard-to-reach business, government and policy leaders by sponsoring this event. Contact Clint O'Brien on 07 3121 6431 or email.

Registration fees (including GST)

CEDA members and guestsPer person: $185
Table for 10: $1665
Non-membersPer person: $295
Table for 10: $2950