David Smorgon OAM
After leaving BGS David Smorgon studied law but only practised for five months before joining the family business, Smorgon Consolidated Industries (SCI).
For 25 years David Smorgon was a senior executive at Smorgon Consolidated Industries which had by then become one of Australia’s largest family-owned companies and span meat, paper, glass, plastics and
steel industries. When the business was sold in 1995 in a staged divestment it ended a 70-year family history.
Shortly afterwards, David who was a lifetime supporter of the Footscray Football Club (now the Western Bulldogs) was invited to head the taskforce that reviewed the Club. Newly fired up by the many challenges the Club was facing, David became President. Under his leadership, where business perspective and professionalism are paramount, the Club experienced great success on and off the field. David ended his 16-year reign as President in December 2012 making him the second-longest serving president in the AFL to date.
In 1996 David and his three sons established Generation Investments focusing on business opportunities, equity and property investments. His most recent business venture is ‘Pointmade’, where he assists senior executives to professionalise their pitch and speaking skills. Drawing on his own business acumen and astuteness, he enjoys imparting his own rules for success to inspire others.
In 1997 David was named the inaugural Chairman of Family Business Australia, established to provide guidance to family businesses nationally. Eminently
qualified with his insight into family businesses, he held this position for six years.
David has also been involved in a number of not for profit organisations.
In 2000, David was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for his service to the Western Bulldogs and for his contribution to the community through health, social welfare and education.
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