Guy Russo

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The brains behind one of the fastest corporate turnarounds in recent history.

Categories: Business Speakers, Change Management, Communication, Customer Service, Sales

Full Presenter Profile & Bio

Described as the brains behind one of the fastest corporate turnarounds, Guy Russo is the CEO of Target and KMart and former Managing Director or McDonalds Australia, he is a strong leader with an exceptional record of imporving businesses. 

In 1974, Guy began his career flipping burgers at a McDonalds in Sydney. He continued with Macca’s and later became managing director and CEO of McDonalds Australia, before becoming President of the company in greater China.

Russo retried from the business sector in 2007 but remained in China as he and his wife had fallen in love with the country. The pair also fell in love with the country’s children, eventually starting a foundation that supports the work of orphanages across the country.

Half the Sky Foundation was founded by Guy and he currently sits as founding director and chairman. The foundation runs orphanages in 44 Chinese cities and provides long-term care and education to the children. Guy is also a keen supporter of gender equality and the name of the company comes from Mao Zedong who said “women hold up half the sky”.

In 2008, Guy returned to the workforce and was began his position of Managing Director of Kmart at Wesfarmers. At that moment in time Wesfarmers were having financial trouble and were looking at selling the business. Guy performed reviews of the company and began to make changes that would gradually improve the company.

Now Wesfarmers is expanding rapidly and have been recorded as one of the fastest corporate turnarounds in recent history, thanks to Guy’s ideas and changes. In 2016, he was appointed as CEO of Kmart and enjoys improving the business.

Guy Russo enjoys sharing with audiences how his imminent success occurred and what steps he took to take the business to the next level. His ideas of involving the staff enabled them to accept the changes and his presentations are a reflection of that decision. 

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