The Principals

Our Principals are internationally experienced CEOs, from a diverse range of industries and service organisations.  We understand the issues and problems faced by leaders.  Each of us has experienced many of these – first-hand.  But CEO experience is not enough.  We select team members with proven capability - people who can build a strong relationship with their client, challenge assumptions, understand strategic thinking and guide the client in their search for a more impactful way to lead their organisation.

Rosemary Warnock B.A.(Dist); MAICD

Rosemary Warnock

Overview

An internationally experienced senior executive and CEO, Rosemary has nine years’ experience as a professional mentor/coach, working primarily with clients in national and global roles, in leading Australian and New Zealand ASX and NZX companies - across the resources, financial services, and FMCG sectors, as well as academia, and professional sport

Rosemary has an engaging personality and is quick to understand individual and cultural differences and values, helping others towards self-understanding.  She is adept at encouraging people to work well together, while assisting them to tease out the bigger picture, see gaps in accountabilities, and encouraging the pursuit of optimum solutions.

Business experience

Rosemary enjoyed a 23-year career with the BP Group, including a global leadership role based in London. Her last role with the group was as Chief Executive of Castrol Asia Pacific, based in Singapore.  Rosemary commenced her career in the corporate centre of BP Australia, followed by a secondment into government, before developing into sales, marketing and supply-chain leadership roles, first in Australia, then regionally and globally. 

Returning to Australia, she was appointed interim CEO of the Clean Energy Council, in 2008, reshaping, repopulating and reinvigorating the organisation.  Upon completing that assignment the Federal Environment Minister appointed her to the independent panel tasked with the review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act. 

Rosemary has significant experience as a Non-Executive Director in Australia and New Zealand.   She has also Chaired the Board of an international private company. 

Coaching experience

  • Extensive in-business and intra-industry coaching experience through her career as a senior executive
  • Nine year’s experience as a professional mentor, including six years as a Partner in The Adelante Group, where she has helped to build a successful senior executive mentoring business with four other Partners.

Recent client engagements

  • ASX Top 20 organisation.  Worked with a General Manager who has now developed into one of the high-performing GM’s in the organisation.
  • ASX Top 20 multi-national organisation.  Worked with high potential executive through various roles, including promotion to Group Executive.  Focused on development of leadership style and guided expansion of capabilities.
  • CEO of a Top 100 ASX services company.  Appointed by the Board to work with the CEO, new in the role, following a period of significant change and disruption.  CEO has now turned the business performance around and established a solid position in the eyes of the board.

Greg Larsen BCA FCPA

Greg Larsen

Overview

Greg has eleven years’ experience as a professional mentor/coach.  He has successfully worked with CEOs and senior executives in government, finance, media, mining, industrial, accounting, family owned companies and retail industries. He offers a pragmatic and “battle tested” approach to his client interactions and provides insightful challenge to, and support for, the client’s issues. Greg’s career has allowed him to benefit from business relationships and cultural diversity within most of the significant world economies. His career reflects deep experience in accounting, IT, organisation design, strategic and business planning, and, people   development functions. 

Business experience

Greg spent the majority of his career with BP, where he held a number of senior international roles, culminating in the role of Chairman and Managing Director of BP in New Zealand. Greg then reverted to his original professional qualifications and held the post of Chief Executive of CPA Australia from 2001 - 2005. Following this, he worked with the Board and Executive of WorkSafe Victoria, where he supported the organisation during major legislative and cultural change. He is also a non-executive director with National Tiles Ltd and on the Audit Committee of VicRoads .

Coaching experience

  • Extensive in-business coaching experience through his business career as a senior executive
  • Eleven years experience as a professional mentor, including six years as a Partner in The Adelante Group, where he has helped build a successful senior executive mentoring business with four other Partners.

Recent client engagements

  • One of Australia’s leading retail logistics businesses in ASX Top 50. Greg was appointed to assist the CFO to expand his contribution to the business and to help further development of his leadership capability.
  • The marketing  director of one of Australia’s largest and most successful FMCG companies
  • Top tier professional services firm.  Worked with local CEO, through his appointment to regional CEO.
  • A large player in the health sector.  His work with the CEO has focused on alignment with the strategy and team, together with stakeholder management.
  • Several senior appointees in the finance industry.

Daniel Gauchat Dr.(hc); B.Com (Merit); MBA INSEAD; AICD Diploma (Merit)

Daniel Gauchat

Overview

Over the recent past, Daniel has mentored well over a dozen CEOs in a variety of industries, including consumer goods, materials, education, retail, transport, telecommunications, professional services and energy. Daniel held a number of senior management and CEO roles in Switzerland, Spain, Japan, Thailand and Indonesia, with two large US and European multinationals – Grace Industrial Chemicals and the SGS group - where he was a senior vice president. Following his return to Australia, Daniel spent 18 highly successful years in the Professional Services sector in Sydney, including two years as Global Chairman of one of the leading international Executive Search firms. Earlier in his career, he worked in Australia for a diversified investment and trading organisation, followed by four years with The Coca-Cola Company.

Business experience

Throughout his career, Daniel’s focus has been on strategic issues, people leadership development, building strong client relationships, as well as on marketing and operational matters. He has continued this ‘people focus’, by mentoring clients at CEO and senior executive levels. He is one of the five founding Partners at The Adelante Group. Daniel brings an understanding of a wide range of industries and CEO experience in a variety of culturally and commercially distinct countries.  He is multilingual.

Coaching experience

  • A combination of experience as an accomplished international CEO and Chairman, combined with significant business-based coaching experience.
  • Eight years experience as a CEO mentor/coach/advisor, including six years as a Partner in The Adelante Group, helping to build a successful senior executive mentoring business with four other Partners.

Recent client engagements

  • ASX Top 50 International transportation company Group Executive/CEO, with a challenge on delivering an Asian strategy, focused onclarifying priorities for the CEO, and the leadership team composition and alignment.
  • Dean of one of the largest faculties into tertiary education in Australia – focusing on prioritisation, stakeholder management and senior leadership team effectiveness.
  • ASX Top 20 Financial Services CEO/ Group Executive, defining a new strategy, implementing operational excellence initiatives, and people development.
  • CEO of the largest food business in Australia, working from the CEO’s appointment in the role on strategic, operational and people issues. Also addressed board relationships and stakeholder management.
  • ASX Top 50 international FMCG company, newly appointed country CEO, working on the development of a strategic operating plan and leadership style.
  • In all cases, the executive’s performance was enhanced significantly and has resulted in individuals being considered for broader responsibilities.

Geoff Campbell BE (Hons1) MSc (Coaching Psychology) MIEAUST FAICD

Geoff Campbell

Overview

Geoff has been supporting C-Suite executives for 12 years, assisting senior executives to achieve their business and professional development goals. This has included working intimately on many successful CEO transitions.

His client sector experience includes financial services, IT, government, communications and industrial organisations; in ASX, NYSE, FTSE and private companies; and includes CEO’s holding responsibility across Australia and Asia.

Prior to his advisory career, Geoff's skills and passion for developing leaders was a key element to his achievements growing a large global business. 

Business experience

After gaining first class Honours in Engineering, Geoff joined the off-shore oil and gas business of Exxon.  This developed a successful track record in various roles, including as a CEO in Australia and internationally. He led the international business for JLG, a NYSE listed global equipment company, recognised by Forbes as one of America’s best big companies. With end-to-end responsibility for 23 operations globally, serving customers in 50 countries, Geoff led a major change program in JLG that delivered significant growth and received acclaim from stakeholders.

With 8 years reporting to the global Chairman, Geoff gained experience in service delivery in a range of complex environments, in large-scale operations, stakeholder management, strategy, innovation, change implementation, OH&S, and all support functions for a complex business.

On his return to Australia, Geoff focused on senior executive mentoring, to pursue his passion of supporting and developing leaders, whilst he also developed successful innovations in both products and services.

He has completed a Masters of Science
 in Coaching Psychology. Geoff is
a Fellow of AICD, with extensive experience as a Director and Chairman of both commercial and not-for-profit organisations.

Coaching experience

  • Twelve years’ experience as a CEO mentor/coach/advisor, including six years as a Partner in The Adelante Group, where he has helped to build a successful senior executive mentoring business.
  • Geoff brings a combination of experience as an accomplished CEO and non-executive Director, together with a Masters of Science in Coaching.
  • Coaching was also a critical element of Geoff's CEO career, supporting and developing highly autonomous leaders, running operations around the world.

Recent client engagements

  • ASX Top 20 services business Group Executive.  The client significantly lifted his team’s engagement level, delivered world-leading return on capital, and improved his executive style, work life balance and health significantly.
  • Fortune Top 50 Technology company.  The client was initially appointed as CEO of the problematic ANZ operation. The engagement focused on the development of a CEO style and cadence of operation, managing a large integration, whilst protecting personal time for a young family. The business became one of the best performing globally. The client was promoted to run all of the Asia-Pacific operations.
  • CEO of a national services organisation.  Broad support for a new CEO as she transitioned into the organisation and the CEO role. Focus on executive team development, communications, setting expectations with the Board and team, and work life balance. The business was transformed, team engagement has increased from low 50s to 70s, the finances strengthened, with strong business growth & service delivery improvement. 

Peter Boyden B.Sc FAICD

Peter Boyden

Overview

Peter has 12 years’ experience as a professional mentor/coach, working with a broad range of CEO’s and senior executives in public and private organisations. His focus has been on helping successful executives to further develop their leadership capabilities, based on his understanding of the challenges facing his clients and built up from his prior roles as CEO and general manager operating in five different countries.

He has first-hand experience in CEO transitions, strategic planning, marketing and communications and has worked with functional directors and CEOs across an extensive range of organisational types including Financial services, FMCG and communications in both public and private organisations.

Business experience

Prior to his mentoring role, Peter has worked in marketing and general management roles in FMCG businesses in the Unilever Group in the UK, Canada, Holland, Greece and Australia. His roles across marketing, sales, strategy development and general management led to his appointment as Managing Director of the Unilever food business in Australia. He has been involved in significant business restructuring, managing diverse units, and returning under-performing businesses to profitability through brand and product development.

In recent years, whilst mentoring, he has held non-executive director and chairman roles in government, industry and private organisations, where he has applied good governance and a strategic input to Board decisions.

He has a deep understanding of the challenges facing leaders and their relationships with Boards, as well as sound business exposure to governance, strategy development and team development.

Coaching experience

  • Extensive in-business coaching experience through business career as a senior executive
  • Twelve years experience as a professional mentor, including six years as a Partner in The Adelante Group, where he has helped build a successful senior executive mentoring business.

Recent client engagements

  • Head of Talent for a major international business. Worked on developing leadership style & management of a significantly expanded team. Strong improvement in feedback scores.
  • CEO of a primary industry organisation. Focused on building capability in managing stakeholder relationships, resulting in significant improvements in Board and team relationships.
  • CFO of a major financial services company. Helped in the development of leadership capability and key stakeholder management. Board and CEO reported a significant positive change in relationships.
  • Group CEO of Top 20 financial services company. Helped in his development from Divisional CEO to Group CEO, building leadership capabilities and providing steady sounding board on business issues, with an engagement spanning 8 years.
  • Divisional Managing Director of FMCG business. Helped with the management of key stakeholders and improvements in style.

 

Sue Larkin B.App. Sc.

Sue Larkin

Overview

Sue has 25 years’ experience as a leadership consultant working with a broad range of CEO’s and senior executives in national and global roles in leading ASX companies across the resources, financial services, telecommunications, airline and pharmaceutical sectors.

The establishment of highly valued long-term client relationships has enabled Sue to build sound business knowledge as the foundation for assisting executives, and their teams, to develop the capability to lead and implement strategic change in business direction through strong people leadership. She is recognised for strong skills in strategic and conceptual thinking, along with influencing and facilitation.

Consulting experience

Sue commenced her management-consulting career as a Consultant and Team Leader with the Boston Consulting Group in Australia and New Zealand, gaining exposure to large strategic organisational change projects across multiple industries. She worked with clients in the areas of leadership, executive teamwork, change management and strategic human resources.

She established her own leadership consultancy, working closely with Mt Eliza Business School, to direct executive development programs, using a number of assessment and feedback tools, and processes. She designed and led organisational wide employee surveys, 360 leadership assessment and executive team evaluation processes, with follow up coaching at senior levels. She has also been engaged at a strategic level to design talent management frameworks and processes for implementation across global organisations.

Sue joined Korn/Ferry International as the Senior Partner responsible for the inaugural development of the Strategic Executive Assessment and Development practice, Asia Pacific. She successfully built the business with delivery of major executive assessment projects involving internal and external candidates for executive roles.

Coaching experience

Sue has undertaken many formal and informal coaching assignments over the past 25 years. During the past 8 years she has principally worked for a global ASX Top 20 organisation designing and implanting an executive leadership assessment process, and coaching high potential successors for senior roles.

Recent client engagements

  • ASX Top 20 multi-national organisation. Worked with high potential executive in senior strategic planning role with critical career transition to a major operational role in the business
  • ASX Top 20 multi-national organisation. Led team development over 2 years for Group Strategy Leadership Team, whose performance and culture became a stand out across group functions
  • ASX Top 20 multi-national organisation. Worked with high potential functional specialists through various roles to broaden career exposure.

 

Ingo Susing B.Bus (FIN); M.App.Sc (Dist.); FAICD

Ingo Susing

Overview

Ingo is a leadership consultant and coach who has been working with boards and senior leaders for more than seven years. Ingo's previous client engagements include individual and team coaching assignments with senior executives at CEO level and below. He facilitates group processes and consults on succession management (executive and board), leadership due diligence, transition support of new senior hires, board effectiveness reviews and organisational alignment projects. Prior to joining The Adelante Group, Ingo worked with Johnson Partners’ Leadership Advisory group where he supported a number of scale leadership development programs and CEO succession processes. Before this, Ingo was a Partner of the international leadership development firm Praesta. This followed a 15-year career in investment banking and private equity, including as Director of ABN Amro Capital.

Business experience

Ingo’s investment banking career commenced in Corporate Finance and M&A advisory which provided a thorough grounding in strategic, operational and financial management disciplines. His ten years in Private Equity involved identifying and executing investment opportunities, and a hands-on investment management role which frequently incorporated partnering with fellow board members, CEOs and leadership teams to progress business improvement initiatives. This role also required rapidly becoming familiar with a variety of industries including technology, media, financial services, healthcare, transport, entertainment, retail and professional services amongst others.

Leadership consulting experience

  • Seven years as a leadership coach involving numerous individual coaching engagements with male and female senior executives at CEO level and below.
  • Application of evidence-based approaches informed by successful Masters-level studies with the University of Sydney’s Coaching Psychology unit - a global centre of excellence in coaching science.
  • Various leadership succession processes, including assessment and development against future-focused leadership profiles reflecting strategic priorities and stakeholder expectations.
  • Design and delivery of scale leadership development programs including with Top 100 ASX-listed and Tier 1 professional services organisations.

Recent client engagements

  • ASX listed CEO individual leadership coaching support ensuring capacity and clarity in optimising impact and sustainable high-performance.
  • ASX Top 100 leadership large-scale assessment on a large scale against strategic target capabilities developed through a process of collective needs analysis and capability mapping.
  • Global investment bank regional leadership development support involving 360-degree feedback gathering, role impact evaluation and strategic leadership development planning.
  • New country CEO transition support ensuring clarity of strategic priorities relative to expectations of key stakeholders, and leadership team performance and potential.
  • Professional services firm Managing Partner succession process, which involved the design of an evaluation framework, evaluating internal candidates and facilitating the decision making process.
  • Group development program with 18 partners of a law firm, to support individual needs throughout the successful transition to ‘senior partner’ impact.

 

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