Chair since: 1991
Group: TEC 15, TECR 231

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TEC CEO Mentor Barry Upfold “After a successful career as a CEO in various countries of the world I owned a consulting business in Brisbane and got into TEC almost by accident. Unbeknown to me one of my consultants saw an ad for a TEC Chair and sent in all of our resumes. I consider that I was privileged, as mine was chosen to have an interview with the then CEO, and 24 years later I am still on my journey of discovery.   And from that day, on this journey of discovery, I have been blessed to be a TEC Chair ……….Why??  Because of my relationship with the many talented men and women CEOs and Business Owners who have become more successful and balanced because of their involvement with TEC.   I’ve agonised with them over difficult times and celebrated with them over their many successes.  And I get such a buzz to see them succeed and also change their balance of life because it has made such a difference to them and their families as we continue on our journey of enlightenment together.”

A highly skilled facilitator, he is able to engender positive outcomes in both CEOs, their management teams and their businesses.

Barry has over forty years national and international operations, sales, marketing, corporate rescue and general management experience, twenty of which was at the level of Chief Executive of multi national companies.

Prior to his various CEO roles, his major activity was in the area of sales and marketing. He was Marketing Manager of Kimberly-Clark Australia for a number of years, transferred to the parent company in the USA, promoted to the position of International Marketing Director responsible for providing business advice and mentoring to subsidiaries in Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific.

He was then promoted to Chief Executive and President of the Central American operation of Kimberly-Clark, which was a rescue assignment, as the company was in a severe loss position. The loss was turned around in nine months.  This was followed by a transfer to South Africa where, following a takeover by Kimberly-Clark, he was appointed Managing Director and CEO to merge two like sized competitive operations into one. This assignment was successfully completed and resulted in a doubling of profits during this period.

Barry returned to Australia and was appointed Chief Executive of the Australian operation until 1984 when he was approached to head up a Queensland public company which was subsequently taken over by a multi-national, and at this time he started his own consultancy as a business advisor.


  • Strategy development
  • Succession planning
  • Operational execution
  • Business & life coaching
  • Performance management
  • Strategic organisational development
  • Personal & group mentoring.

What makes TEC unique:

If we are judging uniqueness by a group of wonderful people combining together on a journey of continuous learning and development whose businesses and lives have been enhanced as a result of their involvement with each other  – then they are truly unique

Best piece of advice you would give to someone:

An impeccably executed strategy trumps a brilliant one poorly executed!

Before I started with TEC, I was very insular in my outlook in relation to business. By entering into the TEC program I’ve learnt about the operation of 14 other businesses, and therefore gained a broader view of what is actually happening in the greater business climate. Paul Kahlert, All Purpose Transport

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