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July 12, 2021 68 min

Today I’m talking with David Bacon - an experienced director, chief executive officer, and senior executive in both the private and public sectors. He is an expert communicator, stemming from his career in journalism and radio broadcasting. He shares a bit about the work he did as a spokesperson for British American Tobacco, noting that he was able to remain ethical and truthful throughout his time there - which is why he never felt the need to apologize for doing this job - regardless of the fact that most people had strong opinions about the company and the industry (which meant that he avoided talking about his job most of the time). 

David is a highly intelligent, incredibly humble, and interesting individual. Our conversation is a rollercoaster ride of topics - which is pretty much reflective of David’s life and career. David has buckets of life experience and he shares about his enjoyment in being able to give back as a way to show his gratitude towards his career and- business success. To that end, David joined the Gosford Rotary club where he has achieved much as club president since then and while he has recently stepped down as president, he made sure to leave a legacy of strong leadership and good values behind. In today’s episode, we get to know David a bit better and find out what he believes is required to be successful in life.  

Discussion Points

  • Introduction to David Bacon
  • Cash for comment scandal 
  • David’s role in the regulation of the industry after the scandal
  • About Rotary
  • David’s involvement in Rotary 
  • Being president of the local Rotary club
  • Getting buy-in from fellow club members
  • Learning to be an active listener
  • David’s leadership style
  • Being a spokesperson for British American Tobacco
  • David’s greatest challenge in being a spokesperson
  • Journalism now vs back then
  • Governance 
  • Culture change in Pacific Link housing
  • David’s values and ethics 
  • Leadership and character 
  • Most impactful person in David’s life

  • Resources

    Brendan Rogers Website

    Brendan Rogers LinkedIn

    The Culture of Things Podcast Website

    The Culture of Things LinkedIn

    The Culture of Things Facebook Page

    The Culture of Things YouTube Channel

    The Culture of Things Instagram 

    Rotary Website

    Gosford City Rotary Club

    About Rotary

    Make Your Home Beautiful 

    Contact David Bacon

    Pacific Link Housing

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