Australian CEOs that Twitter

Want a list of Australian CEOs that are on Twitter? Scroll to the bottom.

Business Week have a piece on each CEO that uses the so-called ‘microblogging’ service Twitter. I don’t like the term micro-blogging when applied to Twitter as it’s less of a one-to-many asynch depth of content site like a video blog or a multimedia blog and more of a few-to-few synchronous chat channel.

Tweets From the Chiefs

The best chief executives are nothing if not efficient, and what’s more efficient than 140-character memos?

Microblogging site Twitter is the latest tech tool to enter the C-suite. Whether they are broadcasting quick company updates, sharing a personal side of their lives with employees, or networking with other executives, plenty of CEOs have begun to make tweets part of their daily routine. And it’s not just the Silicon Valley crowd—chief executives in marketing, publishing, and retail are also populating the site.

Here’s the list:

Kevin Rose from Digg
Tony Hsieh from Zapppos
Jasaon Calacanis from Mahalo (former Netscape no?)
Michael Arrington from TechCrunch
Loic LeMeur from Seesmic
Tim O’Reilly from O’Reilly Media

Jack Dorsey from Twitter
David Sifry from Technorati
Christine Perkett from PerkettPR
Michael Hyatt from Thomas Nelson
Jeff Bonforte from Xobni
Mike Troiano from Matchmine
Jonathan Schwartz from Sun Microsystems
Shafqat Islam from NewsCred
Barry Libert from Mzinga
Eugene Lee from SocialText
Kel Kelly from Kel and Partners
Lois Paul from Lois Paul and Partners

Background at BusinessWeek.

Who are Australia’s CEO Twits? I’m thinking

Rob Antulov from 3eep but Sports Passion is betterer 😛
Phil Morle from Pollenizer
Mike Cannon-Brookes from Atlassian
Riges Younan from 2Vouch
Maria Sipka from Linqia
John Butterworth from AIMIA
Paul Fischer from IAB
Wendy Hogan from CBS Interactive
Kristin Alford from Bridge8
Antonymd from QMCodes
Warren Duff from INeedHits
Clay Cook from Minti
Cris Pearson from Plasq (Skitch etc)
Chris Saad from Faraday Media
Stephen Kelly from Peepel.com
Simon van Wyk from Our Patch
Steve Sammartino of Rentoid
Bronwen Clune – NorgMedia
richardgiles – Recommendation Ventures
Craig Wilson – Sticky Advertising
Marc Lehmann Saasu.com
Peter Cooper Cooper Sydney
B Housman GoodBarry
Miles Burke Wham Bam thank you Miles.
Thomas Shaw The Recruitment Directory
Lara Solomon, LaRoo and Mocks:
Valerie Khoo, Sydney Writers’ Centre, & Business & Careers Institute
Suzi Dafnis, Australian Businesswomen’s Network
Catriona Pollard, CP Communications
Kate Tribe Tribe Research
Geoff Jennings Online Recruitment
Duncan Riley Inquisitr
AnneBB Headshift
Bart Jellema Tjoos.com
hit_ch of Get Price (wot’s his name?)
Jodee Rich of Peoplebrowsr
Iain McDonald and Terry Carney from Amnesia/Razorfish
Phillip Evans of Evanscorp
Remo Giuffre Remo General Stores
Rodd Pahl Bluegrass
Drazen DrazicOpens in a new tab. Securus Global
Troy RushtonOpens in a new tab. Geekdom

Who else – Australian CEOs I mean?

And thanks to @mspecht for insisting I add Kevin Rudd, Prime Minister of Australia and Malcolm Turnbull, Leader of the Opposition Party. Though I’m not sure it’s always Kev who tweets 😛

Laurel Papworth

Named by Forbes™ Magazine in the Top 50 Social Media Influencers globally, named Head of Industry, Social Media (Marketing Magazine™) and in the Power150 Media bloggers (AdAge™). CERT IV Training and Assessment certified trainer (Diplomas and Certificates etc) Adult Education. Laurel has manager Facebook Pages for Junior Masterchef, Idol, Big Brother etc. and have consulted on private online communities for banks Westpac, not for profits UNHCR & governments in SE Asia. Lecturer, social media, University of Sydney for 10 years and Laurel has 11,000 online students. Laurel Papworth personally connects to 6 million followers online and has taught around 100,000 people in the last 10 years how to be social media managers.

48 thoughts on “Australian CEOs that Twitter

  1. CEOs that Twitter:

    – Atlassian: Mike Cannon-Brookes (mcannonbrookes)
    – 2Vouch: Riges Younan (rigesyounan)
    – Linqia: Maria Sipka (mariasipka) – cheating a bit because Maria is an Aussie in Barcelona

    Pollenizer doesn’t have a CEO… or has two… 🙂

  2. Oh not sole-owner CEOs – I think Business Week meant employing people and stuff. Otherwise I’m on the list and so are half of our industry 🙂

  3. Hey Laurel, I blog a little, too, albeit very infrequently, at http://blog.3eep.com (and, while SportsPassion is our key product brand, the company is still 3eep)

  4. I have four staff. Is that too micro-business for your list? If not, you could add Bridge8 (http://twitter.com/kristinalford)

  5. I’m also on Twitter with 4 staff, we’ll actually be using it for BETA testing soon.
    C’mon Laurel, show some love…?


  6. Laurel,

    I would add CEO of ineedhits (30 odd staff) Warren Duff http://twitter.com/warrenduff

    And also myself CEO of Minti (a few staff and $3.8M in funding to date) http://twitter.com/claycook

    I will think of some others for you.

    Good post.

    Clay Cook

  7. Hey.

    I’m also an Aussie CEO who tweets 🙂


    Lets hope we are just the tip of the iceberg!

  8. Hey Laurel,

    Excellent post, great stuff. There is also a bigger picture of who are the continuous innovators (Proven Innovators) and continuous early adopters (and influencers) that would be cool to list or map. Happy to collaborate sometime on that if you want.

    For this list you could also add –

    Marc Lehmann Saasu.com, ex Deutsche Bank

    Peter Cooper from Cooper Sydney, ex Saasu.com + MacBank (me)
    peterjcooper.com and alturnal.com

    Cheers, Peter.

  9. Hey Laurel
    Good to see some Australian CEO’s Twittering away too 🙂

    I think there’s a few on there I’ll have to start following myself 🙂
    Am thinking perhaps I should come up with a similar list for some UK CEO’s – I’m sure there’s quite a few that twitter 🙂

    If I do come up with that list – do you want me to let you know about it?

  10. Yes, please let me know which UK CEOs Twitter. The only one I can think of, off hand, is @RichardBranson. 🙂

  11. Hi Laurel,

    I tweet and have staff, Tribe Research: @katetribe

    There is also
    Lara Solomon, LaRoo and Mocks: @LaRoo
    Valerie Khoo, Sydney Writers’ Centre, & Business & Careers Institute: @valeriekhoo
    Suzi Dafnis, Australian Businesswomen’s Network: @SuziDafnis
    Catriona Pollard, CP Communications: @catrionapollard

    Kate Tribe’s last blog post..The 3+ / 3- guide

  12. What a great post Laurel.

    I think that social media, and in particular Twitter, is going to become a tool of trade for the go ahead CEOs and companies in 2009 who want to brand themselves.

    Using such tools at Tweetbeep (which seems to be down at the moment) and Twilert, they can be alerted to the mention of their name good or bad. They can thank people for the compliments and put fires out generated by bad comments before they become viral.

    Twitter is an enormous weapon in the PR arsenal of any company and used wisely and with conviction will see many a company increase their sales and also their branding and perception in the marketplace. I for one will be looking for opportunities to work with such companies in showing them how to do this as will many experienced social media people.


    @RicRaftis on Twitter

  13. Hey Laurel,

    Thanks for including me in your list. Yes, I do twitter and while relatively new am getting a lot of learning and benefits both personally and also for my members (of the Australian Businesswomen’s Network – http://www.abn.org.au).

    What I didn’t anticipate is new friendships that are forming from having found like-minded souls that I want to know more about.

    Thanks for playing on the edge and taking us with you.


  14. It is definitely good to see CEO’s out there on Twitter, though by and large they appear to be the CEO’s for start ups or relatively new businesses in the tech space – which is no surprise. I would really like to see more CEO’s from more traditional industries and bigger companies on Twitter. That could be very entertaining!

  15. What about Drazen Drazic @ddrazic http://twitter.com/ddrazic CEO of Securus Global http://www.securusglobal.com/

    He is also marketing lead for AISA.

  16. Finally, after a long campaign my boss at Geekdom @troyrushton has embraced the Twitter-y goodness. I’m so proud! I think he’s been pleasantly surprised at how powerful a tool it can be for talking to likeminded people and sharing his passion.

  17. Hi Laurel

    Here’s a few more Australian CEOs who twitter…

    Simon Monk, Founder of WorldNomads and Footprints Network -http://twitter.com/simonmonk/

    Chris Noble, MD of World Nomads – http://twitter.com/worldnomads/

    Ian C (me), MD of Travellr.com – http://twitter.com/aussie_ian/

  18. Real Insurance CEO, Roger Grobler is @rogergrobler. He also has two blogs: one on business in general on http://www.realinsurance.com.au/RealWorld/CEO-s-Blog-%281%29.aspx and one on Pay As You Drive news and trends http://payasyoudriveblog.blogspot.com/.

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