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Steve Sargent

Steve Sargent

With extensive business knowledge and skill, Steve Sargent has driven business innovation, culture, change and leadership through a broad spectrum of businesses spanning over 30 years. Steve is an outstanding speaker who inspires audiences.

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Steve Sargent's Biography

Steve has vase global experience having run global businesses and businesses across the US, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Australia, PNG and NZ. 

Steve has spent 22 years in General Electric, is a member of GE’s 45 member Corporate Executive Council, one of 180 Officers and the first Australian to be made Officer in GE’s plus 130 year history. 

In 2014, Steve was one of 20 GE executives invited by the Chinese government to attend the Chinese government’s leadership program at the ‘Party School’. This was the first time that the Chinese government has offered this to people outside of China.

Steve has long experience in driving a culture of innovation and technology development and deep commercial experience with organic growth (start-ups, new product introduction), in organic (acquisitions and integrations) as well turnaround situations and divestitures.  He has broad experience with the industrial internet across healthcare, mining, financial services, oil and gas.

Steve has broad industry experience having run businesses in financial services; electrical energy generation, transmission and distribution; oil and gas; healthcare; locomotive transportation and mining industries. He has a strong understanding of infrastructure projects and technology.

Steve also has extensive experience in driving a culture of innovation, change management, Six Sigma process performance, industrial internet and building services businesses as an additional revenue stream to industrial businesses.  Over his career, Steve has completed all of GE’s highly regarded leadership training and development courses.

Steve has extensive experience with influencing government and policy makers in many parts of the world.  He led one of four B20 task forces under the Australian presidency of the G20 (Andrew McKenzie – BHP – Trade task force; David Thodey – Telstra – Infrastructure; Mike Smith – ANZ Bank – Financing Growth; Steve Sargent – GE – Human Capital).

Steve has worked with non-executive director roles such as  Business Council of Australia, Bond University, American Chamber of Commerce and as a member of Peter Costello’s, Wayne Swan’s and Joe Hockey’s Financial Services Advisory Council.

Speaking Topics Include

·            Ways to create the right climate within an organisation so you get the cross fertilisation of ideas as innovation occurs at the intersection of sciences and ideas.

·            The future of work - Following the work Steve did in 2014 with the G20 chairing the Human Capital Task force.

·            Leadership and people development

·            Leading and driving a performance culture

·            Creating an environment of innovation