Chair since: 2002
Groups: TEC 29, KEY 113, KEY 121
“Members have the opportunity to meet with other leaders to share ideas opportunities and challenges in a safe environment where they will be challenged and supported. I regard it as a privilege to be a part of these leaders world and assist them to become better leaders.”
Keith has previously held Chief Executive and other senior executive positions in a multinational corporation in four continents. He immigrated to Australia from the UK where he had previously worked as a salesman in the food industry and as a professional singer in Europe. Keith joined Upjohn, a major pharmaceutical company in 1973 in Perth WA, and after working in many states, he moved to Sydney and was appointed National Sales Manager.
In 1985 Keith was relocated to Indonesia to fulfil the role of Marketing Manager, followed by a position of Group Manager in South Africa. With the fall of the Communist regimes in the early 1990s, Keith was asked to assist in establishing operations in Eastern Europe and later became Vice President Marketing for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and was stationed in Brussels, Belgium. Line responsibilities followed for 14 countries in addition to the regional responsibilities with a budget over US$1 billion. Following a merger, Keith was appointed President and CEO of Pharmacia and Upjohn in Hong Kong, overseeing the company consolidation and the change of sovereignty with responsibility for China and regional South East Asia.
Keith has extensive line and staff management experience in a wide variety of cultures and countries. He commenced Delamere Marketing Pty Ltd in 1999 with a client base of private and public companies, state and federal government agencies.
Keith is passionate about helping executives reach their potential so has created two KEY Executive groups in South Australia.
What can be gained from the TEC group experience:
For my members, it is all about the experience of raising issues that one would rather not raise internally inside their companies; that is, the ability to ask the proverbial “dumb question” without fear of judgment, etc., as well as the access to world-class speakers and resources, all back by a chair who has outstanding facilitation skills and international experience.
Best piece of business advice to offer:
Surround yourself with talented people and help them to be successful.
A CEOs biggest challenge:
The pace of change and traditional business model disruption.