PIZZA PLUS: DOMINO'S HEAVY ON TECH TOPPING

PIZZA PLUS: DOMINO'S HEAVY ON TECH TOPPING

INNOVATION and tradition is a difficult recipe to master, something Domino’s Pizza Enterprises (ASX: DMP) CEO and managing director Don Meij (pictured) is dedicated to perfecting.

He is aware that too much innovation can alienate the traditional customer, but isn’t afraid to squeeze out extra grease from the pizza business mo...

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TECH BOSS CALLS FOR FOCUS ON INNOVATION

TECH BOSS CALLS FOR FOCUS ON INNOVATION

CREATIVITY and innovation – two interrelated buzzwords Australia needs to be taking more seriously, according to TechnologyOne (ASX: TNE) CEO Adrian Di Marco (pictured).

More than buzzwords, Di Marco believes they are the foundations of Australia’s future.

Di Marco founded TechnologyOne in 1987 and has grown the company into Au...

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PETS AND PROFITS

PETS AND PROFITS

PETS before profits is the Greencross Vets (ASX: GXL) mentality, which appears to be paying off in light of the company’s rapid growth and recent merger with Petbarn.

GXL has experienced a 25 per cent compound annual growth rate of clinics and stores over the past five years. Since 1994, it has grown from a single Greencross clinic...

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EXECUTIVES RECOGNISED AS BUSINESS LEADERS

EXECUTIVES RECOGNISED AS BUSINESS LEADERS

CEO community The Executive Connection (TEC) has appointed 13 new chairs to the network, including four business leaders from Queensland. There are now 83 chairs across Australia and New Zealand, including the addition of Bill Lazarus, Camille Morin, Catherine Palin-Brinkworth and Dr Tony Watt from the state. TEC chairman Nigel Stoke (pictu...

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HIGH FLYER

HIGH FLYER

WITH 29 brands currently under his belt, Graham 'Skroo' Turner knows a thing or two about running a company.

Speaking exclusively to Brisbane Business News, the founder and CEO of Flight Centre Travel Group (ASX: FLT) for the past 35 years shared his journey and shared a glimpse of his business acumen.

This comes off the bac...

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NEW FACE FOR SCREEN QLD

NEW FACE FOR SCREEN QLD

TRACEY Vieira has recently stepped onto the stage as the new Screen Queensland CEO, complete with a set of new developments to address the ongoing challenges the local screen industry faces.

Brisbane-born Vieira brings with her the Hollywood touch, having been based in Los Angeles with Ausfilm as the Executive Vice President of Internati...

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FULL STEAM AHEAD FOR CREMA ESPRESSO

FULL STEAM AHEAD FOR CREMA ESPRESSO

THE steamy Gold Coast is emerging as Australia’s new coffee capital with Crema Espresso the latest to make an aggressive push into the national market.

The company, which started with a single Gold Coast outlet in 2007, is planning to open its 16th franchise store this year.

It joins the likes of Zarraffa’s Coffee and listed mu...

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CHANGES ACROSS NEXTDC BOARD

CHANGES ACROSS NEXTDC BOARD

DATA centre operator NEXTDC Limited (ASX:NXT) has rolled out the next stage of its growth strategy, with a number of changes to the board starting today. Douglas Flynn (pictured) will take over as non-executive chairman, after Ted Pretty stepped down to a director role. Pretty says Flynn’s background in the media industry and past dir...

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UNIVERSITIES TO HOST G20 BUSINESS COMPETITION

UNIVERSITIES TO HOST G20 BUSINESS COMPETITION

BRISBANE universities QUT, The University of Queensland (UQ) and Griffith University will host a world-first business event as part of the G20. The G20 Global Business Challenge (GBC) brings together teams of students, researchers and industry members to develop solutions to water scarcity. Teams can reform a water-reliant business sector s...

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BEKIER OFFICIALLY TAKES OVER AS ECHO CEO

BEKIER OFFICIALLY TAKES OVER AS ECHO CEO

MATT Bekier (pictured) will officially commence his role as managing director and CEO of Echo Entertainment Group Limited (ASX:EGP) today, after passing regulatory approvals. The former chief financial officer replaced John Redmond in February, after he returned to the United States a year into the role. “This year is about fully impl...

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NEW CEO FOR WILSON MADE OFFICIAL

NEW CEO FOR WILSON MADE OFFICIAL

WILSON HTM Investment Group (ASX:WIG) has officially appointed Alexander (Sandy) Grant as managing director.
Grant has been acting CEO since July 2, following the resignation of Andrew Coppin. Chairman Steven Skala said in a statement that Grant’s leadership experience would serve him well. “Sandy Grant is a respected leader in...

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NEW CHAIRMAN FOR DOMINO'S

NEW CHAIRMAN FOR DOMINO'S

DOMINO’S Pizza Enterprises Limited has appointed Jack Cowin as non-executive director and chairman of the company, following the retirement of Ross Adler. Cowin hails from a quick service restaurant background, as founder and executive chairman of Competitive Foods Australia Pty Ltd. He established the company in 1969, which now opera...

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REDMOND TO DEPART ECHO

REDMOND TO DEPART ECHO

JOHN Redmond (pictured) will retire as CEO of Echo Entertainment (ASX:EGP), to be replaced by chief financial officer Matt Bekier. It comes as the company announced a 30.5 per cent drop in first half statutory profit to $46.1 million, blamed on increased wins by high-rolling gamblers and new regulatory costs. Normalised net profit after tax for ...

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FORMER US NAVY CHIEF JOINS CORPORATE TRAVEL BOARD

FORMER US NAVY CHIEF JOINS CORPORATE TRAVEL BOARD

RETIRED United States Navy Admiral Robert J. Natter (pictured) has joined the board of Corporate Travel Management (ASX:CTD) as a non-executive director. Engaged as a consultant to CTD since September, the former Commander in Chief of the US Atlantic Fleet is already familiar with the business. Chairman Tony Bellas says Natter’s...

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BUCKLEY TO LEAVE CARDNO

BUCKLEY TO LEAVE CARDNO

 LONG time Cardno (ASX:CDD) boss Andrew Buckley (pictured) will retire in March to be succeeded by executive general manager international, Michael Renshaw. Buckley, the chief executive officer and managing director, has guided the company for 16 years, from humble beginnings as a consultancy, to international infrastructure and envi...

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WITHNALL AWARDED GOLD MEDAL

WITHNALL AWARDED GOLD MEDAL

NEROLIE Withnall has been awarded the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ Queensland Gold Medal Award. One of Queensland’s most respected directors, Withnall (pictured with Queensland Governor Penelope Wensley) has been an integral member of the Brisbane business community for many years, says AICD state president Keith De Lac...

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BRASH WORLD OF BRANSON

BRASH WORLD OF BRANSON

RESPECTED entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson opens up in an exclusive Q&A with Brisbane Business News. Virgin is the maverick start-up that changes the rules of the established game. When does the maverick turn into the establishment? It is not easy to start a company and to survive and thrive in the modern world. In fact, you’ve go...

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PROMOTION FOR SUPER CHEAP CHIEF

PROMOTION FOR SUPER CHEAP CHIEF

CHRIS Wilesmith (pictured) will be promoted to managing director of Super Retail Group’s (ASX: SUL) flagship brand Supercheap Auto. Wilesmith, SUL general manager of merchandise auto retailing for the past six years, will take the job from July 1. In a statement to the ASX, the company says Wilesmith has made a significant contr...

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ANOTHER AWARD GOES TO THERESE REIN

ANOTHER AWARD GOES TO THERESE REIN

A FAMILIAR face continues to prove she is far more than just a former First Lady. For a time she was mostly known as the wife of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. Now, Thérèse Rein (pictured) rightly has a reputation of her own as one of the country’s most successful business operators. Rein is founder and managing director of rehabilit...

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KEEPING STAFF IS THE KEY

KEEPING STAFF IS THE KEY

FINDING the right people in an industry with high staff-turnover is part of the battle. Keeping them is what’s really important. Praanesh Prasad (pictured) is passionate about the staff at WorkPac, one of the state’s leading recruiters for the mining, construction and engineering industries. The company’s group chief executive ...

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