John Baikie is an experienced Executive and Business Mentor.
has mentored CEOs in Sydney for The Executive Connection, the largest international CEO development organisation in the world and currently mentors business owners, CEOs and senior executives through MPowering Pty Ltd.
a privately owned executive development company in Sydney and for some years was on the Australian Institute of Company Directors Panel of Mentors
He has held senior executive positions in a range of businesses for over thirty years including being Managing Director, Executive Director and Chairman of venture capital ("VC") management, investment, insurance, IT, home building, construction, real estate, executive development and financial services companies, including three that were stock exchange listed companies.
is accredited both as an NLP Practitioner and as a Meta Coach.
has delivered development programs in the US, Australia, Asia and Europe for a US based professional sales organisation to public company and public sector professionals and, through MPowering Pty Ltd. and Executive Focus Pty Ltd
, presents executive development workshops on business related topics, including business and financial management, negotiation skills; influence; persuasion; decision making; conflict resolution; confidence and assertiveness.
has delivered courses for BHP Billiton
and many other organisations.
Migrating to Australia in 1985 he was appointed Managing Director of B.T. Innovation Ltd., a former Bankers Trust, listed VC company.
During his twelve years in the Australian VC industry he negotiated numerous business and technology acquisitions, disposals and capital raisings as well as being a founding director of the Australian Venture Capital Association; chairman or director of start-up companies in VC, IT, aquaculture, engineering and medicine.
He is a Fellow member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and former professional member and board member of the National Speakers Association of Australia.
He was previously a founding director of The Futures Foundation, (an organisation of Australian futurists), a director and treasurer of the Australian Association of Lloyd's Members and a Council member of the Harvard Club of Australia.
He has professional qualifications in accountancy, computers and business management in Australia, South Africa and the UK; university degrees in commerce and economics and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program of the Harvard Business School in the USA.
Prior to arriving in Australia, he was Managing Director of Sage Property Holdings Ltd. in South Africa, a large construction and real estate group of companies building over 2,000 houses each year and employing over 1,000 people; and Deputy Managing Director of the Sage Group, responsible for Group investments, venture capital, property and equity funds, including the Encyclopaedia Britannica and Hertz car rental franchises and a Mercedes Benz distributorship.
He was also Financial Controller of Feltex Ltd., a public listed textile manufacturing conglomerate; a Senior Lecturer in Accountancy at a major South African university and a chartered accountant with Ernst and Young.
In Toronto, Canada, he was a computer systems engineer and salesman with IBM (Canada).