FROM BATTLEFIELD TO THE BOARDROOM
WHEN Ben Roberts-Smith VC was under fire in Afghanistan, he little imagined his military skills would one day serve him well in the boardroom
But Mr Roberts-Smith (pictured), who was appointed general manager of Seven Queensland in July, has found his fighting skills highly adaptable to business.
The ex-soldier joins an increasing number of his former colleagues-in-arms who are taking up management and business roles in civvy street.
“There will always be less liability for employers hiring ex-military personnel,” Mr Roberts-Smith said. “They are proven team players who have strong value sets and possess the ability to assimilate information and apply it to the task at hand within short time frames.”
A former member of the elite Special Air Service, Mr Roberts-Smith had previously been Seven Queensland’s deputy general manager after he conducted leadership seminars for the station.
Ex-military people are not only becoming increasingly sought-after in management roles but many are starting their own businesses in everything from technology to construction. According to the Australian Defence Force, the mining and security sectors still attract the bulk of exservice personnel. But other industries such transport, retail and telecommunications also are proving attractive.