Sophie Venz

Cameron Schwab was the CEO of AFL clubs for 25 years. Here’s what he’s learnt about ethical leadership

Sophie Venz
5 minute Read

Cameron Schwab is no strange name in the footy community. He was the youngest ever CEO appointed to a club when he took the reins at Richmond in 1988 at 24 years of age, and he stayed in that chief position – albeit at differing clubs – for 25 years.

These days, Schwab is an alumnus of Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership, and the founder of designCEO, a leadership and business management consultancy that teaches senior executives how to navigate the ambiguity of modern leadership.

SmartCompany Plus chatted with Schwab to find out how taking that mammoth role at such a young age affected his leadership approach, and what he’s learnt along the way.

Key takeaways


You need to have the curiosity to learn, and the courage to unlearn.

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