In my experience: CEO insights

In my experience: CEO insights

May 31
CEDA welcomes outgoing Woodside CEO, Peter Coleman, to share insights about doing business in Australia, what we do well and could do better and the challenges and opportunities for the future.
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Event Overview

As a longstanding CEO of one of Australia’s largest, globally engaged businesses, Peter Coleman is extremely well placed to provide the insights and perspectives that Australia should be drawing on as we contemplate reforms to drive the next generation of growth and opportunity in Australia.

In interview style conversations, CEDA’s new series – In my experience: CEO insights – we will seek to explore candid leadership insights from departing CEOs on doing business in Australia and what is next for these experienced executives.


Meet the speaker

Peter Coleman
CEO and Managing Director, Woodside

Peter is finishing up at Woodside after ten years as CEO, capping off a career in the oil and gas industry that included 27 years at ExxonMobil, working across every continent except Antarctica. He is also Chair of the Australia-Korea Foundation, a Director of the Business Council of Australia and has honorary doctorates from Curtin University and Monash University. Peter will retire from Woodside in June 2021.

Meet the facilitator

Melinda Cilento
Chief Executive, CEDA

Melinda is a company director, economist and experienced senior executive. She is a Non-Executive Director of Australian Unity and Co-Chair of Reconciliation Australia. Melinda is also a member of the Parliamentary Budget Office panel of expert advisors. Melinda was previously a Non-Executive Director with Woodside Petroleum, Commissioner with the Productivity Commission and Deputy CEO and Chief Economist with the Business Council of Australia. Melinda has also previously held senior roles with the Federal Department of Treasury, Invesco and the International Monetary Fund.

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