Ron has developed a reputation as a dynamic and inspirational businessman taking on some of the most difficult commercial and brand reputational challenges. During a diverse executive career, Ron Gauci has helped organisations adapt to change and disruptive competition across multiple industries and sectors. A veteran of the global technology and innovation industry, he has held senior leadership roles in ASX & NYSE listed, global multinational, joint venture and government organisations, as well as directorships in a range of not-for-profit and startup ventures. He has also led enterprises in the sport, entertainment and education industries. Ron’s ability to identify growth potential, re-energise culture and build profitable businesses led to several high-profile turnarounds that have cemented his reputation as an inspirational leader and transformation agent.
Winning the confidence of stakeholders including Boards, government ministers and managers, joint venture partners and regulators, has enabled Ron to address some of Australia’s most difficult commercial challenges. In successive roles he has quickly stabilised organisations in crisis and built a pathway to growth and success. He brings strategic rigour, deep commercial acumen and compassion to the challenge of leading people through change. This was highlighted during Ron’s most recent appointments.
Most recently, Ron completed a fourteen month tenure as Interim CEO of Melbourne’s iconic Federation Square. Ron was invited in to the organisation to provide the Board with insight and oversight of the business which had commercial challenges. Ron worked with the team and relevant commercial and government stakeholders to identify Fed Square’s assets, developing a plan to commercialise them and delivering significant revenue growth and profitability.
Immediately prior to Fed Square, Ron was the Interim CEO of Melbourne Polytechnic (formerly Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE). The Institute’s 2013 results signalled the need for the Board to take action in transforming it to protect its one hundred year history and secure its future within the highly competitive education sector. Ron was sought out specifically for the role to develop a successful recovery and transformation strategy. The implementation of the strategic plan produced significant results immediately for the Institute once again reinforcing his reputation as a change agent and recovery expert.
Prior to that, Ron was CEO & MD of the Melbourne Storm Rugby League Club, which in April 2010, was embroiled in the Salary Cap scandal that rocked the sporting world. Gauci joined Storm in July 2010 when the club was at its lowest point in its history. Gauci was set the objective of repairing the Club’s brand to enable its then owner, News Ltd to divest of the club so that it in turn could focus on its core business. Gauci oversaw the restoration of the Storm to its most successful level since its inception in 1998, becoming one of the NRL’s powerhouses. Having successfully delivered the Club to exceeding its commercial metrics to record levels, News Ltd was able to divest of the Storm under three years from Gauci’s arrival. What was one of the biggest scandals in Australian sporting history became one of the most remarkable sporting recoveries.
Previously Gauci had held senior management and executive positions in some of the world’s largest multinational and domestic technology organisations including Microsoft, Telstra, IBM and Verizon Business.
Ron is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and an ambassador for SportsConnect and the financial advisory firm WeLoveNumbers. He is also a former Director on the Board of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), a former member of the International CEO Forum and held a position on the Board of Governors for the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM). Gauci currently sits on a number of Boards including Softball Australia and the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS) Foundation, as well as providing advisory services to a number of others including LightsApp and Where4Events. Ron also mentors a number of young entrepreneurs.
Ron Gauci travels from Victoria Australia
- Ten Guiding Principles
- Leadership in crisis
- Leadership in the face of adversity
- Loneliness of Leadership
- Brand: The importance of a value proposition
- When you're on top they say the only way is down... Why?
- Organisational Optimisation
- The Business of Sport
- Social Media In Sport
- Technology in Sport
Ron Gauci has taken on some of the most difficult challenges in high profile organisations. His successes have been acknowledged as being extraordinary. Gauci shared his philosophies for successful leadership through his experiences. These are his Ten Guiding Principles for successful leadership:
1. Recruit & keep the right people. You are either on the bus or off the bus
2. Know your role and be accountable
3. Remove the de-motivators
4. Plan to succeed
5. No Data. No Decision
6. If you don’t ask you don’t get
7. A crisis needs a cool head. Leading & managing are different
8. WIFM: Have a clear value proposition
9. Communication is key: Get the language right
10. If you can’t measure it you can’t improve it
Ron steps through each of these guidelines through insights and experiences gained over a number of decades across multiple industries. He draws also, on the experiences of others who have influenced his own thinking. Gauci has been invited many times to speak to these principles and his presentations have been described as inspirational.
Leadership in Crisis
Ron Gauci shares his experiences on how as CEO, he has worked for and with organisations to success and indeed grow despite any adversities and challenges that confronts the organisation. With these skills he was appointed as CEO & MD to work with the team at Melbourne Storm, faced with a crisis, to turn the Club and the organisation around from a devastating 2010 to win the Minor Premiership, 2011 Club Championship, 2013 World Club Challenge and the NRL Premiership in 2012. This has become one of sport’s true success stories in the history of sport. Gauci shares his experiences within organisations such as Melbourne Storm, Melbourne Polytechnic (formerly NMIT) and more recently Federation Square bringing real situations to his lessons on growing and transforming businesses.
Regardless of industry, Ron talks about how to lead and manage through crises. He talks about the key principles that get organisations through situations of adversity and how to steer back to more successful waters.
Leadership can be a very lonely place in certain organisations that are going through significant changes, or are experiencing difficult times. Ron talks about the key attributes leaders need to have to manage through these times and the steps they can take so as not to become their own issues when leading an organisation.
Ron also talks about the importance of getting the staff, the management, the executive team and Directors engaged and bought into the strategy and the importance of moving on those not on board.
For one reason or another, brands often do not realise their true value. Competition in the market place, pressure to obtain apparel sponsors, damage caused in the marketplace through little fault of your own are a small number of reasons for this happening.
Knowing, believing in and positioning your brand are critical to its survival in this highly competitive and demanding world. Getting the value proposition and realising its value are vital to breaking through in a cluttered market. Ron provides an insight into strategies that can be considered in protecting and growing the brand and its commercial worth.
Can success be sustainable? The answer is yes if you have the right people with the right process and the right strategies. History proves this to be the case albeit not often. History also gives us many examples where this isn’t the case. We can learn much from when it can be achieved and why and when it isn’t and why not. Ron looks at this from his own experience across multiple decades and across multiple industries particularly with his own experience as a successful sports administrator.
This is a concept that Ron created to enable organisations to determine what success looks like if you were to have achieved the full potential of your operational levers. Once you have determined what those levers are and what optimisation looks like, Ron then works with your organisation to determine how you get there and even more importantly, once you are there, how to leverage for even further growth. Often organisations identify a gap or shortfall against their objectives even after optimising all their levers. What then? Ron takes your organisation through a process of how you then use the power of leverage to resolve this impediment to optimising your full potential. It is a powerful process that challenges you and your organisation to think and plan laterally.
Controversy surrounding sports codes and their athletes continues to become more prevalent in the pursuit of success. Indeed the very meaning of success has never come under more scrutiny. Additionally, as sports codes have grown dramatically so have the costs associated with the pursuit of sustainable and viable success. Sport is no longer just about winning premierships or titles. Indeed, if winning a premiership was the primary criteria then each year only one club in each of the myriad of codes would deem their year a success. The reality is that sporting clubs need as much if not more success off the field to ensure sustainable success on it. It also needs to ensure that it adopts comprehensive governance processes and practices so that the substantial investment in their brand and that of their sponsors are protected. The growing body of evidence is clear that poor decisions off the field can have a prolonged direct impact on an organisation’s success on it. Therefore sport is now a business first and foremost.
Ron shares war stories about how to build and protect your brand; how to commercialise properties; create inventories and monetise assets to substantially build an organisation's revenue and manage profitability. He talks about his Ten Guiding Principles that have enabled him to deliver success even through the most difficult times. Ron’s presentation is recognised as being thought provoking on how to realise the potential of any organisation and its people regardless of industry.
Social media has become a critical part of an organisation’s communication platform but is as much an issue as it is an opportunity. Used wisely, social media can become a powerful weapon for an organisation, however not managed carefully, it can be a weapon of mass destruction to a brand and its asset value.
Ron speaks through experiences gained both from within his two decades in the ICT industry and his most recent position as a sports administrator on how to use social media for good and how to avoid evil.
Sport today has become so competitive and the stakes so high that clubs and sports departments are constantly looking for the edge. The issues raised by ASADA, WADA, ACC and the Federal Government are a realistic perspective on how high the stakes have become. Further, the growth in the investment on operations and high performance units in sport is putting significant pressure on administrators to fund the investment seen as critical to success. The honest way to become your best is through information, technology and choosing the right people. It involves raising the investment required to recruiting wisely. It also involves putting in place the right process and governance procedures to ensure the club remains accountable for its integrity and reputation. Ron talks about how technology in sport today enables club to excel through powerful information and data whilst maintaining proper governance.
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