Jim Whalley didn’t follow the standard career path of an Australian executive. A former RAAF pilot, he stepped out of the cockpit and into the boardroom as CEO of Nova Systems. In Jim’s view, the innovation and initiative required to solve problems as a test pilot were a useful foundation for life as an executive. And after all, how different could business be to combat?
In the latest Performance with Purpose interview, the Australian’s Alan Kohler and Robert Gottliebsen asked Jim about his unusual career change and how being a pilot prepared him for the boardroom.