Kieren Perkins

2. Kieren Perkins – Mastering Change, Transformation and Adaptation

Kieren Perkins has successfully transitioned from two-time Olympic gold medallist to a successful executive in NAB’s Personal Bank. Tune in for his thoughts on starting again, mastering change, running a small business and why he wants to be more playful at work.

Kieren Perkins is a four-time Olympic medal winner and former world record-holder in three events. One of the world’s best-ever long-distance swimmers, he won two Olympic gold medals in 1992 and 1996 in the 1500-metre freestyle and a silver medal in 2000.

He is the first swimmer in Commonwealth history to have won the men’s 200m, 400m and 1500 freestyle treble at the Commonwealth Games. Performances in 1994 earned Perkins both the Male World Swimmer of the Year award and the Young Australian of the Year award. In 2002 he was inducted into the Sporting Hall of Fame and became a national living treasure.

Since his retirement from swimming in 2000, Kieren has been transferring his knowledge and experience to businesses around the world, including his current position as GM, Enablement, Business and Private Bank at NAB, where he currently leads a team of 150 people dedicated to supporting and focusing on the day-to-day needs of NAB’s Business and Private bankers. Kieren has served on multiple boards in corporate, government and not for profit causes, including being a proud Starlight board member.
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Vulnerable Leadership
Kieren Perkins


Executive Director