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Woolworths’ Boss popular guest speaker at New College Mid Session Formal Dinner

April 26, 2005
Posted by: New College Admin

Mr Roger Corbett AM, Chief Executive Officer and Group Managing Director of Woolworths Ltd visited and met with students at the New College Formal Dinner on Wednesday April 20. Mr Corbett addressed 280 students, College staff, board members, alumni and invited guests in the College Main Dinning room.

To see photos please visit: Mid Session Formal Dinner Photos.

With the recent acquisition of Australian Leisure & Hospitality Mr Corbett is now managing in excess of 150,000 staff and what is now Australia’s 10th largest company. The share price has risen from $4 to well over $16 over the time Roger has been at the helm of the well known Australian retailer. The company has over 220,000 shareholders and is an Aussie icon.

He spoke on the challenges of change in society encouraging those gathered to have ‘values’ and ‘stand for something’. Those gathered were very interested in hearing what Roger had to say on leadership, values and responsibility.

He answered many questions from the audience. The College residents asked interesting questions ranging from whether or not Roger considered himself a ‘normal guy’ to whether or not HE shopped at Woolworths, after pausing Roger said that he and his family does because of the wonderful service and great people who work in Woolies stores! In his answers Roger talked about the challenges and opportunities of leading a large company. In answering questions he also touched on what have been his greatest personal challenges, how he measures success and maintaining relationships with his family whilst being in an extremely busy high powered job.

Mr Corbett stayed after the formal part of the dinner to individually meet with students and personally discuss with them their issues and questions.


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