Breakfast Briefing with Cochlear
Dig Howitt, Chief Executive Officer and President, Cochlear Limited
Cochlear: Building an Innovative Global Business from Australia
Cochlear is a global success story, which has been built on a partnership of innovation, a global mindset and long-term investment goals.
Continuing investment in research and development of its state-of-the-art hearing aid products and implants, is a key driver in the success of their business. With current investment levels in excess of $160 million annually, Cochlear develops and exports to a world market with a 20 year mindset.
R&D funding is a vital part of the Australian economy and our innovation strategies. US companies invest billions annually, in partnerships with local organisations.
But history is no guarantee of success, and R&D funding is highly mobile in a globally competitive marketplace.
Is Australia as appealing a destination as possible, for research and development funding to continue to flow to our shores?
Hear from Dig Howitt, CEO of Cochlear on how to build an innovative global business from Australia.
Moderated by Professor Roy Green, University of Technology Sydney.
About the Speaker
Dig Howitt was appointed Chief Executive Officer and President of Cochlear Limited in January 2018. Dig joined Cochlear in 2000 and has held several positions within the company. He started in the role of Engineering Manager in Product Development. He then was Senior Vice President, Manufacturing and Logistics from 2002-2014, President Asia Pacific from 2014-2016 and Chief Operating Officer in 2016-2017. Dig was appointed President in July 2017. Prior to joining Cochlear, Dig worked as a consultant for the Boston Consulting Group and held general management positions in Boral and Sunstate Cement. Dig holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Sydney and a Masters of Business Administration from Stanford University in the United States. Dig is married to Kate and they have a son and daughter. He swims to keep fit.
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