Founder – Craig Tegel, People Make the Difference
Craig Tegel has more than 30 years of experience in leading and building organisations in Australia and around the world. With a management career that has spanned strategic planning, merger and acquisition integration, crisis management and executive-level leadership, he knows first-hand the challenges and rewards that leadership brings.
Craig is now sharing that experience with other leaders through People Make the Difference. This consulting business is based on the premise that people and leadership make the difference to the success of any organisation, and the impact it can have on society.
Many organisations make the claim that “people make the difference” but don’t deliver on that promise. Through his many years of experience, Craig knows that when leaders commit and put in the necessary hard work to truly deliver on that promise with consistent action then organisations rapidly create significant, sustainable value.
Craig has used his leadership skills to build and transform organisations, ranging from small, locally-focused companies through to large regional organisations, schools and local and state government depts. He is a sought after coach and mentor to senior leaders, and strategic thinker with a dedication and commitment to teamwork and developing leaders at all levels. Craig is now sharing his experience with others so that they can be stronger leaders who bring out the best in their teams and foster a culture of success.
Prior to founding People Make the Difference, Craig had a 17-year career with Adobe Systems. Highlights include:
- Six years based in Toyko, as the President for the Japan and Asia Pacific (JAPAC) region, responsible for the channel and enterprise sales, as well as overseeing all functional areas to provide high quality service and support for customers across the region
- Overseeing Adobe’s transformation from the desktop to the cloud and a Software as a Service (SaaS) business model
- Growing Adobe’s JAPAC revenue to almost $1 billion for the first time
- Previously as Managing Director for Adobe Asia Pacific, Craig oversaw Adobe’s operations in 10 countries managing 505 staff, and expanded the business in emerging markets including China and India
Before joining Adobe, Craig worked for Sun Microsystems as Marketing Director for the Australia and New Zealand region and also ran his own company, Innovative Learning for four years. He has lived and worked in Beijing, San Jose, London, Tokyo and Sydney. Craig, his wife Kim and their four children live in the greater Sydney area in Australia.
In 2014 Craig was invited to join the council of The Hills Grammar School, a well-respected independent co-educational school in the Hills district of Sydney. Currently Chair of Council, Craig’s experience working with boards and Executive Directors provides a great platform to support other Executive Directors and School Leaders looking to enhance and expand their leadership skills and presence.