CEO Q&A: David Finn

Published 29 November 2012 05:14, Updated 30 November 2012 04:55

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What was your first job?

Kitchen hand at Hungry Jacks, I’m still a fan of a good Aussie burger.

Where do you do your best thinking?

On long-haul flights. It’s amazing what ideas come to mind. It’s real “me-time” for reflection and thought. You’re insulated – no phones, no email, no interruptions.

How has your industry changed in the past 10 years?

The internet has had a big influence on our industry, by delivering information and empowering the end user to make better decisions. The end user is now in control and has become far more astute. The internet provides them with much of the information they need.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

A friend of mine who passed away left me with this message. He said no matter
what happens, no matter how bad it gets, the sun always rises in the morning. Every day is a new day. So in other words, never give up.

To what do you attribute your success?

A positive attitude, drive, ambition, good strong work ethic and never giving up.

How do you improve your own skills?

I’m a member of several organisations, including The CEO Forum and Company Director’s Institute. These are great ways to learn from peers and share ideas.

Vicki Copeman

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