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The CEO Institute - A meeting of minds

The CEO Institute - A meeting of minds

The CEO Institute was founded by Ken Gunn, Chairman & CEO, in 1992, as a membership organisation for Chief Executives and in 2011 became the world’s first global certification body for CEOs.

Photo LTR: Jeremy Harris (Director - SA), Yvonne Howie (Chief Executive - NSW) and Steve Stanley (Director - WA).

The CEO Institute was established to help business leaders connect with their peers and share their learnings with each other. With more than 1,000 members, they are Australia’s leading executive membership organisation for CEOs and senior executives. In 2013, we became the first Australian business to partner with UNESCO in support of the “Malala Fund for Girls' Right to Education” echoing the Institute's values of professional development and personal growth. Building on its success in Australia, in 2014, The CEO Institute began offering its programs globally.
Its flagship program, The CEO Syndicate, is an exclusive peer support network for CEOs and business leaders that offers experiential learning and mutual group mentoring to its members - many of whom have been with us for well over 10 years. The first meeting of The CEO Syndicate program was held in Melbourne in June 1992. After establishing its reputation in Melbourne, The CEO Institute opened in Adelaide in 1996 and established itself in Sydney and Brisbane in 1997, with the Perth office launching in 2007. In 2015 the New Zealand office was opened in Auckland.
The Future CEO program is a certification course designed for future business leaders. It equips next-generation leaders with the skills, knowledge and contacts they need to confront problems and manage growth. The first Future CEO meeting was held in Melbourne in May 2012. It is a proven path to success that equips participants with the knowledge, skills and contacts needed to take over senior leadership roles. In 2014, the Future CEO Scholarship Fund for Women was established, in support of women executives seeking to develop their leadership skills in business. The Scholarship continues to be offered today and into the future.

The CEO Institute - Testimonial

"The CEO Institute is the most popular association among my peers, and is widely regarded as the most respected organisation of its kind in Australia" - Member for 6 years

How it works

Members of The CEO Institute benefit by:

  • Connecting with like-minded leaders and participating in leadership development in a supportive, confidential environment.

  • Learning from others' experiences. Talk with your peers about common challenges and be exposed to alternative perspectives on possible solutions.

  • Networking. Build a wider network of business and personal contacts.

Delivering personal and business success

The CEO Syndicate - An exclusive peer support network for CEOs and Senior Executives.

Future CEO - A certification course designed by the business leaders of today for the business leaders of tomorrow.

Future CEO Program

Visit the Future CEO program website.

Leaders of the pack

Published on the International Institute of Directors and Managers (IIDM) website - a fully-owned subsidiary of The CEO Institute - read Leaders of the Pack, The CEO Institute story.

Photo LTR: Ken Gunn, Founder, Chairman & CEO of The CEO Institute and Bob Johnson, long standing Syndicate Chairman (Victoria).

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