The imported executive maintained his soothing voice for more
than three hours as he placated financial analysts disgruntled
about Telstra's share price and journalists looking for a fresh
angle on what was a predictable set of results.
This impressive performance mirrored Trujillo's conduct at
last year's annual general meeting.
Trujillo was polite and receptive to every element of the
abrasive audience at that event, even those that treated
Telstra's board with contempt.
It makes me wonder what the executive's secret is.
I can't picture Trujillo sitting down for a calming Zen
meditation session when he gets home from a rough day at the
incumbent, nor does he seem a man who would be overly fond of
What do we really know about the guy that for
the last seven months has captivated the attention of Australia's
For example, what is Trujillo's favourite beer? Does anyone
I'm not sure I could respect a man who still drank American
beer yet was at the helm of Australia's largest telco.
Trujillo seems more refined than the average VB drinker, yet I
don't think he's a metrosexual with a taste for Tooheys Extra
If I had to pick his drop I would guess it would be
One of Australia's more refined beers, Coopers has long been a
favourite of South Australian drinkers.
Like Trujillo, Coopers Pale Ale is smooth yet not lacking
substance. It is currently finding a wider audience away from its
Coincidentally Pale Ale also happens to be my own
So in the spirit of this great land and in keeping with fine
ZDNet Australia tradition I would like to invite Sol to
try a sixpack or two of this fine vintage at our expense, if he
hasn't already tried it.