Executives in Residence
- Gunther Burghardt, Finance Director–Wine, Foster’s Group Limited — in residence at the University from 18–20 May and 1–4 June 2010
- Kevin Stevenson, Chairman and CEO, Australian Accounting Standards Board — in residence from 2 to 13 August 2010
- Scott North, Head of Risk Direct Banking, SBDM & Operations, National Australia Bank — in residence from 9 to 20 May 2011
- Dean Newlan, Partner, McGrathNicol Forensic — in residence from 8 to 19 August 2011
The program is designed to reinforce the partnerships between the Centre and businesses, industries, government agencies and the profession by tapping into the expertise and experience of senior executives who will share their “real-world” business expertise with the students, staff, and other stakeholders. The Executives-in-Residence will share their knowledge, provide a practical perspective and will impart valuable career insight into contexts of application. During their time with the Department, they will participate in lectures and seminars, present a seminar to ABIS staff on current issues in the business world and host informal lunches for groups of students and staff.
Mr Gunther Burghardt, the first appointed Fellow to become an Executive-in-Residence, said “The Centre of Accounting & Industry Partnerships is an exciting opportunity to share ideas and collaborate on research, with the added benefit for Foster’s that we will gain exposure to students who may one day be managers in our business.”
Centre Directors, Professor Colin Ferguson and Professor Stewart Leech said “We are honoured to have Mr Gunther Burghardt share his expertise on behalf of the Centre for Accounting & Industry Partnerships with the ABIS students and staff.”
“We are delighted to have someone with Gunther’s broad international business experience joining us. Gunther’s relevant experience in restructuring and performance ‘turnaround’ and the energy he brings to the Department will serve our students and staff very well.”
“Our search for the first Executive-in-Residence could not have resulted in finding a better or more ideal business leader than Gunther Burghardt,” says Professor Lyon, Head of Department of Accounting and Business Information Systems (ABIS).
Kevin Stevenson, Chairman and CEO, Australian Accounting Standards Board, says “the Executives-in-Residence program enables a necessary interchange between industry and academia. The university benefits from the capacity of businesses to draw on specialist knowledge beyond that found in journal articles or books. In turn, business benefits from researchers and the university”.
Dean Newlan, Partner, McGrathNicol, says “The program is an excellent initiative that will connect academia with the business community in practical and useful ways that are sure to accelerate the transfer of knowledge in both directions. Congratulations to the University of Melbourne and to all of those involved in having the vision to make this happen.”