By Ian Neubauer
The Australian Financial Review has carried out a coup de grace by securing five of Australia’s leading chairmen to speak at its inaugural Chanticleer Lunch.
Named after the newspaper’s popular back-page column, the lunch will be addressed by Sir Rod Eddington, chairman of JP Morgan and Infrastructure Australia; Donald McGauchie, chairman of Telstra and deputy chairman of James Hardie; Graham Kraehe, chairman of BlueScope Steel and Brambles; John Schubert, chairman of the Commonwealth Bank; and James Strong, chairman of Woolworths and director of Qantas Airways.
“We have done lunches before with one chairman but this is the first time we’re doing it with a panel of five,” said Financial Review producer – conferences, exhibitions and events, Vanessa Seymour-Lee. “It is virtually impossible to get this calibre of chairpersons all in one place, let alone as speakers. Deputy editor Brett Clegg did a lot of fancy dairy juggling to make it all happen.”
The pro bono panel will offer attendees insights into their thoughts on pertinent issues such as the credit crunch, emissions trading, the commodities boom and regional trade.
“We have done lots of different events with business leaders on a panel and talking about a topic, but this is the first one that will discuss current business events that [attendees] are all being effected by,” she said.
The Chanticleer Lunch will be held at the Sydney Hilton on November 5 at 12:00pm. It will be hosted by Chanticleer columnist Alan Jury and sponsored by JP Morgan.
Tickets are $160 and limited to 600. For more information call 1800 032 577 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.