Woodside drives out of the boom with a full tank

From a barnstorming Don Voelte during the boom to the cautionary Peter Coleman during its denouement, Woodside's results reinforce the merit of having the right leadership at the right time.

When Peter Coleman was appointed chief executive of Woodside Petroleum in 2011 it was apparent that a new era for the group had begun.

After the frenetic, expansionary seven-year period of his predecessor, Don Voelte, Coleman brought a more conservative, more measured and more capital-focused approach to the group.

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