In this episode of The Progression puzzle, we welcome Gary Pettit.
Gary is the CEO of ED&F Man, having previously been in charge of Financial Futures & Options at ICAP.
Gary started his career in retail banking before a series of events altered his path. In this episode, never one to shy away from challenges, Gary discusses the steps from retail banking to CEO.
Along the way, Gary has picked up some invaluable pieces of wisdom that he shares with us. Ranging from getting noticed in an interview with minimal experience to the importance of networking; this advice comes from years of experience, persistently working his way up the ladder.
A key theme throughout the podcast is resilience. No journey is easy and Gary's is no different: from losing clients to battling prostate cancer, it is his consistent perseverance that has allowed him to achieve his success.
Hosted by Michael Barrington-Hibbert, CEO of Barrington-Hibbert Associates and a long time associate of Gary's, the two share stories from their experience working together and discuss the inclusivity challenges their industry faces.
This podcast is an insight into the career of Gary Pettit who with few qualifications has worked his way up to CEO through hard work, determination and persistence.
00:04 - Introduction to The Progression Puzzle
01:00 - Introduction to Gary
02:34 - Gary's early career in retail banking with a pivotal moment of a robbery at the NatWest Stratford Branch
05:33 - Travelling and starting as a broker
09:38 - Gary's Advice for entry-level interviewees
11:33 - Discussing race within the finance industry
15:19 - Gary's role models and what he defines as work ethic
16:58 - Discussion on imposter syndrome and how to overcome
19:51 - The importance of connecting with people on a personal level
21:04 - The transition from entry-level broker to managing a team
25:52 - Gary's resilience in the face of challenges
27:37 - The transition from leading a successful futures business to CEO
32:14 - Gary's personal highlights focusing on his successful Sports Agency with Ray Winston
37:05 - Challenges Gary has faced including being diagnosed with prostate cancer at 42
43:45 - Gary's advice to his younger self
44:25 - Gary's thought on how the corporate finance world needs to change
46:32 - The initiative that Gary as CEO has implemented to encourage the change
49:00 - Summary of the podcast
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