The year in KGB: CEO edition

An array of influential business leaders from a range of sectors – including retail, finance, agribusiness, energy and resources – chatted to the KGB this year.

Political turbulence at home and economic volatility abroad made for an uncertain business climate this year.  Many hoped the federal election would bring the business community some much-needed stability, but such relief was fleeting. Confidence across sectors was in short supply, and the high dollar remained a source of frustration. The blocked takeover of GrainCorp and the seemingly never-ending cheese war added some high drama to a year otherwise characterised by a cautious outlook.

In February, Commonwealth Bank's Ian Narev hoped for an improvement in business conditions once a government was either installed or re-elected, telling Robert Gottliebsen:



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