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Study Program(s): Bachelor of Business; Graduate Diploma of Management

Study Mode: On campus

Study Level: Postgraduate

Study Campus: Rockhampton

Graduation Year: 1990

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Stephen Best

Stephen Best

I chose CQUniversity (then CIAE) based on the availability of degree, cost and proximity to home. I owe the lecturers and staff a debt of gratitude for giving me the basic skills to commence my career.

My degree and subsequent study have provided the essential business and accounting education to build a successful career including 19 years in the resources industry progressing from Graduate Accountant to Chief Financial Officer/ Company Secretary/ Chief Information Officer through various administrative and operational roles. I have had significant involvement in major Queensland resources operations including Mount Isa Mines, Ernest Henry, Oaky Creek Coal, Newlands Coal and Consolidated Rutile.

Since 2007 I have been the CFO/CIO of 100+ year old ASX listed Queensland-based National automotive retailer AP Eagers Limited during a period in which the organisation has grown revenue from $1.2 billion to $3.2 billion. This role incorporates financial management of the retail business with revenue of approximately $3.2 billion, 3500 employees and a market capitalisation of approximately $1.7 billion.

In August 2015 I took up the role as Chief Commercial Officer, AP Eagers Limited, focussed on strategy and growth initiatives for AP Eagers Limited.