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Only one chair will fit David Gonski as he joins Sydney Airports board

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12.07.2018

David Gonski.

When someone as high profile as David Gonski joins a board like Sydney Airports you can bet your house that he has already been lined up for the big chair.

Forget about this being the latest example of how small our corporate gene pool is, let's get reacquainted with the charade.

'Catherine Livingstone is joining the Commonwealth Bank with no assurances she gets the top job'. Oh how she now wishes that were true.

And as Qantas chairman Leigh Clifford, said last year when people were waiting for the announcement that Richard Goyder would replace him - “I’m not going anywhere.”

Yeah, right.

And Gonski played his part in the announcement which dropped on Thursday.

“I am pleased to be joining the board of Sydney Airport and am looking forward to working with my fellow directors and with the CEO Geoff Culbert,” said Gonski in the official release.

David Gonski at his Sydney office.

Much the same words were used when CBD approached Gonski on what roles might be cleared so he has the capacity to chair Sydney Airports. After all, being in the role of ANZ chairman during a bank royal commission would be a tad demanding, and then there is his Chancellor role at the University of NSW,........

© The Age