Tell us a little about your career path.Adam Watson2

I started my career in tax and business advisory before moving to Spotless Group Limited for my first corporate role, working across corporate accounting, planning and analysis, investor relations and corporate development. At BlueScope Steel Limited  I held roles including VP Commercial & Corporate Finance and CFO North America. I joined Australia Pacific Airports Corporation Limited, owner of Melbourne Airport as CFO and Head of Strategy before joining Transurban as Group CFO in December 2014.

And your education?

I studied at RMIT University and I'm a CPA.

As a child what did you want to be when you grew up?

Like most kids, a teacher.

What keeps you awake at night?

I’m a good sleeper!

What has been a career high?

The opportunity to identify talent and progress the careers of others.

Any lows?

I’ve seen a number of business cycles and you always learn more during the tough times.

 

 

How has the CFO role changed over the last decade?

The role continues to broaden, both strategically and commercially and there is a significantly heightened focus on talent development.

What further changes do you anticipate?

Being able to manage disruption.

How far out can a CFO plan, given the pace of change at present?

It's important to scenario plan and constantly assess risk so that you are able to be nimble and adaptive when required, whether it be the structure of your balance sheet or your operating model.

Why do you mentor?

The best way to learn is to teach. 

What was the best advice you ever received?

You finish how you start. Preparation is critical to quality outcomes. 

How do you switch off?

Exercise 

What’s your favorite piece of technology for work?

The iPad 

What are you reading now?

I’m reading Harry Potter with my daughter.

Can you share a personal productivity tip?

Clear out your emails.

And a networking tip?

Networking has to be beneficial for all involved, not just you.

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