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CPA Australia awards two scholarships to the nation's highest ranking Global Executive MBA program

15 Jan 2014

Nathan Morsillo
Nathan Morsillo
Hayes Montgomery
Hayes Montgomery

The Finance Manager of the Central Land Council and a Sydney based management consultant will join the University of Sydney Business School's top ranking Global Executive MBA program this year with scholarships funded by CPA Australia.

Nathan Morsillo and Hayes Montgomery were selected for the scholarships from a field of applicants described by the Business School's Associate Dean, Management Education, Professor Richard Hall, as "excellent CPAs working in senior strategic positions".

"Nathan and Hayes were distinguished by their impressive all-round attributes as business leaders," Professor Hall said.

For the past seven years Nathan Morsillo has worked as Finance Manager of the Central Land Council which represents the interests of Aboriginal people living in the vast southern half of the Northern Territory (NT).

In his scholarship application Nathan acknowledged the Global Executive MBA program's focus on leadership. "In my extra-curricular leadership positions with community groups and the church and as the (NT) branch president of CPA Australia, I've developed a strong sense of the difference effective leaders can make and it's time to build on that," he said.

Hayes Montgomery, a Senior Consultant with responsibility for strategy, modelling and analytics with a boutique management consultancy firm called CACE Partners, said he was looking forward to participating in "an innovative, well recognised and respected business education program".

As well as acquiring new skills, Hayes sees the program as an opportunity to develop relationships, expanding his networks and to "turn the introspective microscope on myself, my values and my patterns of success".

CPA Australia chief executive, Alex Malley, said the diversity of Nathan and Hayes' careers underscored the versatility of the CPA Australia designation.

"CPA Australia members are heard and recognised around the world for their leadership and strategic and commercial excellence," Mr Malley said. "Nathan and Hayes are valued and respected leaders in their fields and I congratulate them on their success, confident that the Global Executive MBA will enable them to take their careers to even greater heights."

The University of Sydney Business School's 18 month Global Executive MBA program consists of five, two week modules undertaken in Australia, California's Silicon Valley, in the Indian city of Bangalore and in southern France.

The program, which has set the standard in leadership education in Australia, was recently ranked as the nation's leading Executive MBA program by the Australian Financial Review's BOSS Magazine.

"In addition to a range of technical skills, the program delivers leadership, critical thinking, communications and relationship building capabilities that equip students to succeed in a dynamic and ever changing corporate environment," said Professor Hall.

"Above all, management education at the Business School is based on a new level of engagement with corporate Australia and our partnership with CPA Australia aligns brilliantly with our approach," he said.

"CPA Australia is proud of our enduring relationship with the University of Sydney Business School and the Global Executive MBA program and we look forward to continuing to work closely in promoting academic excellence at the executive leadership level of education in the CPA membership," Mr Malley said.

The recipient of the 2013 CPA Australia Global Executive MBA Scholarship was Kate Watson the General Manager, Group Support Services Finance, with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.