Wisdom and Wit

What's happening globally in corporate affairs, communications and investor relations? The Anna Whitlam team share their insights.

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October 2019

Emerging impact of AI on the future of jobs & what it means for reputation leaders

Last month, Anna Whitlam People and host Rio Tinto were honoured to have Dr Ziggy Switkowski AO, Chancellor of RMIT University, Chairman of nbn™ Australia and a Director of Tabcorp, lead a roundtable discussion on “Our Digitally Enhanced Lives in the 2020s”.

As a former CEO of Telstra, and Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, and Australian Academy of Science, there are few that are more qualified to speak on the topic.

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December 2018

2018: A Year in Review

2018 is not a year that would go gently into the good night. From corporate scandals to political dramas and a growing public trust deficit – the annual Edelman Trust Barometer showed no general recovery of trust in institutions globally – this is a year marked by reputational gaffes that would challenge even the most seasoned corporate affairs professional.

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October 2018

What qualities do CEOs seek most in corporate affairs professionals?

I have been interested in this topic for a while and after the response to my previous article The New Generation of Corporate Affairs Leader, my interest was further sparked in the skills that CEO’s were seeking in other jurisdictions. I reached out to my colleagues and peers who lead Corporate Affairs executive search firms around the globe to gain a true cross-cultural answer to the question: what exactly are the most highly-prized skills among corporate affairs professionals?

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September 2018

John Eales: What business can learn from sport!

I was fortunate enough to share the stage, and microphone, with Wallabies legend John Eales at a “fireside chat” last week hosted by Commtract, and sponsored by Streem, at the very impressive offices of Corrs Chambers in Melbourne.

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August 2018

The ‘new’ corporate affairs leader

In engaging with candidates and clients, which is a part of the job I really enjoy, the discussions often turn to the corporate affairs function, and the most sought-after qualities in corporate affairs leaders. 

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