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Emerging Leaders meet Louis Vuitton CEO

15 Jul 2013

A capacity crowd of 150 people filled The Establishment in the Sydney CBD on Thursday, 11 July for the latest AFR BOSS Magazine Emerging Leaders event. Presented in partnership with the University of Sydney Business School, the event featured Business School alumnus Philip Corne, Louis Vuitton Oceania CEO, who was on hand to provide insights into his approach to leadership of such an iconic luxury brand.

"It is not surprising that a guest of Philip Corne's caliber would prompt such a fantastic turn-out," said Associate Professor Nick Wailes, Director of MBA Programs at the Business School. "Philip's insights into leadership, especially at the top end of a very difficult retail sector, were very valuable for the audience to hear. The Business School is very grateful to Philip for being so generous with his time."

Mr Corne spoke with Patrick Durkin, Deputy Editor of AFR BOSS Magazine, in a Q&A format, providing an entertaining and informative look back at his career to date, and how he came to be the CEO at one of the world's leading luxury brands. Mr Corne then took questions from the audience.

"I was really inspired by Philip's approach to leadership," said University of Sydney Business School MBA student, Renee Connellan. "His message for future leaders was very clear; a client-focused outlook and a culture of innovation should start at the top of any organisation and filter down."

"Mr Corne spoke about how lucky he was to have started his career with a smaller organisation," Ms Connellan continued. "His explanation of how being able to look across the entire small business has given him the perspective to see the bigger picture resonated well with my own experiences."

The next Emerging Leaders event will take place on Wednesday 11 September, featuring Andrew Penn, Chief Financial Controller of Telstra. For more details on the event, or to find out more about the program, please visit the Emerging Leaders website.