CEO Q&A: Gordon Clubb, Nuance Communications

Published 19 March 2013 07:05, Updated 16 May 2013 10:22

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CEO Q&A: Gordon Clubb, Nuance Communications

Gordon Clubb says Rio’s Sam Walsh brought leadership back to basics. Photo: Fairfax Media

What was your first job?

Financial accountant with Xerox.

Name a business leader you admire and why.

Rio Tinto CEO Sam Walsh has brought leadership back to basics by boosting accountability, creating a future for more managed disciplines and focusing on generating value for shareholders.

What is the best piece of advice you have received?

Former Xerox CEO David Stringfellow believed if you look after your employees, your employees will look after your customers, and your customers will look after your bottom line.

What are your interests?

My family, especially our two energetic children, swimming, kayaking and ocean ski paddling.

What’s your biggest regret?

Tolerating a bad boss who had no respect for other people and absolutely no communication skills.

What is the best deal you have ever done?

A sale to the federal health department – the largest-ever sale for the company and a major win. It changed the way the organisation works with third parties.

What keeps you up at night?

A new dog for our children that thinks it should be sleeping inside.