The real power: Australia's top 50 corporate affairs bigwigs

By AdNews | 24 March 2014

The real power behind some of Australia's top companies and organisations has been revealed today. Not the CEOs or the ministers, but the interfaces between the board and the public.

That's according to a corporate affairs recruitment company.

Salt & Shein has published a list of what it sees as the most influential corporate affiars practitioners in the country.  Strategic comms firm GSG Counsel did the legwork.

Those on the list include McDonald's director corporate communication Ron Christianson; ANZ's group GM corporate communicator, Paul Edwards; Woolworths director of corporate affairs, Peter McConnell; Virgin Australia's group executive communicator Danielle Keighery; Qantas brand and marketing exec Olivia Wirth; Coca-Cola Amatil's director of corporate affairs Alec Wagstaff.

Seven's Simon Francis and Ten's Neil Shoebridge also feature.

The execs profiled by the firm offer some interesting and opposing views on subjects including social media.

For the full llist of power flacks, and what they think, click here.

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