David Bentley is passionate about developing the best in people.
During his 27 year career, he has consistently sought challenging positions that would allow his leadership and communication abilities to directly influence the development of others.
Following service in both the Royal Australian Air Force and Australian Army Reserve David moved to the United States where he spent nearly a decade working including as a leader for one of the worlds largest and most successful airlines. His experiences included working as an operational manager at one of the worlds busiest airports, travelling the world teaching leadership and helping drive cultural change across diverse operations and cultures and after significant success as an Airport General Manager and later Vice President of Operations for a US telecommunications company. In 2000 David returned to Australia and founded a corporate training and consulting organisation, The Naked Edge for which he remains Managing Partner.
From 2001-2003 during their explosive growth, David consulted extensively to Virgin Blue Airlines including delivering his NAKED LEADERSHIP, NAKED SERVICE, THE FABULOUS FACILITATOR and other workshops relating to people, and consulting on organisational capability and cultural development.
The former Head of People at Virgin Blue described David as:
“An inspired presenter with a passion for leadership development”.
David is the author of the popular leadership book NAKED LEADERSHIP®, as well as two other books The Naked Leader's Coaching Toolkit and Naked Enthusiasm, due for release later in 2008. David regularly contributes articles on leadership to national and international publications, and publishes a monthly e-zine entitled Virtually Naked® with readers nation-wide.
David has postgraduate qualifications in Science and Technology (with a heavy emphasis on Human Factors from the University of NSW.)
David also regularly coaches managers at all levels, across the country, to provide practical support that addresses their leadership challenges and meets their business needs.
Many leading Australian companies have benefited from David's dynamic and engaging keynote speeches which have the NAKED philosophy as their theme.
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