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The Man in the Arena | Philip Kearns AM

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In the latest episode of the No Limitations podcast The Man in the Arena, Blenheim Partners’ Gregory Robinson speaks with Philip Kearns AM, Chief Executive Officer of AVJennings Ltd. Phil is a former Captain of the Australian Wallabies and was part of Australia’s successful campaigns that secured the Webb Ellis Cup in 1991 and 1999. He was recently appointed as a Director of the Board of the Local Operating Company for the next Rugby World Cup to be held in Australia.

We are taken on a journey through the lens of an elite athlete and Chief Executive Officer as we examine the principles of leadership and the art of winning. We commence with the magic of the World Cup, the behind-the-scenes preparation, sacrifice, motivation and important rituals of the event. From the pitch to the Boardroom, we consider the foundations for success, the essence of confidence and the need to make every minute count. We also learn of the Balmoral Burn’s good karma and a certain special twenty cent coin.

Phil represented Australia in rugby union, having played 67 Tests after his debut in 1989. He was appointed Captain in 1992, leading Australia in 10 Tests and also played in the Rest of the World side against the All Blacks for the New Zealand Rugby Centenary celebrations. Prior to his current role, he was Managing Director of InterRisk Australia and Chief Executive Officer of Centric Wealth following an earlier career with Investec. Phil served on the Board of the Childhood Cancer Institute Australia, has been deeply involved with the Dumpty Dumpty Foundation and is the Founder of the Balmoral Burn event.


Please note: this episode was recorded on 19 September 2023.



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