The champagne corks might be popping now, but AGL's adventures with coal seam gas were all but over last year when new boss, Andy Vesey, announced a "comprehensive review" of its troubled operations soon after Valentine's Day.
The review was announced barely a week after Vesey started at AGL, and was a not a hard one given the insignificance of CSG to the company's core business – and its painfully public profile.
Another energy boss started this week, and boy is he facing different circumstances.
As CBD reported, Santos welcomed Kevin Gallagher aboard on Monday, and he literally had conservation groups like Lock The Gate, Knitting Nannas Against Gas, and the Wilderness Society, on his doorstep from the get-go.
The good news is, AGL's retreat from the CSG sector means Gallagher can look forward to plenty more cups of tea with the Knitting Nannas and other groups which have – up until now – been gathering outside AGL's North Sydney offices every week for the last two years.
And the small fortune Santos has invested in the sector, thanks to its unfortunate acquisition of Eastern Star Gas in 2011, means Gallagher will be cooking with coal seam gas for the forseeable future.
The boys at Anchorage Capital may have cleaned up to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars from their quick turnaround of Dick Smith, but it seems that a few things were missed in the effort to slap a quick coat of paint on the failed retailer, and shunt it back on to an unsuspecting public.
This includes the news from the receivers that as many as 3200 current and former employees have been underpaid their annual leave loading entitlements dating back as long as six years.
To be fair, the issue dates back to the days when Dick Smith was owned by poker machine operator Woolworths, but it obviously was not picked up during due diligence for the prospectus ahead of the big float either.
Down not out
It really did appear to be the end of an era at Telstra, with the telco announcing the head of its wholesale division Stuart Lee "had chosen to stand down" from the role after 45 years with the company.
The company reported Lee is the only senior exec to have served all five of Telstra's chief executives, and their predecessors stretching back to the Postmaster-General's Department which Lee joined in 1971.
But despite the glowing eulogy from his latest boss Andy Penn, who said: "I am grateful to Stuart for his support of me during my time at Telstra and appreciate his wise counsel," Lee is not actually going anywhere just yet.
Lee is standing down as a Telstra group exec at the end of next month because he is taking "extended long service leave" that is so extended it was untenable for him to stand down temporarily, said Telstra's media team when contacted by CBD.
Does that mean Lee will return all fresh and seek to outlast his latest boss?
Given Penn has only been in the top job for eight months, Team Telstra were rather muted on that prospect.
Is age finally wearying the folks at cinema and fun park group Village Roadshow?
Peter Harvie – who ran the company's radio business Austereo until it was spun off into what is now Southern Cross Media – retired with almost immediate effect this week, at a rather sprightly 76 years of age.
By VRL standards his retirement seems a bit premature. Hollywood veteran Barry Reardon graced the company's board until he hit 83.
The question is whether Harvie's exit sets a new age limit for the board which is not short on septuagenarians.
There is Robert Le Tet, who is 71 according to last year's annual report.
Another media veteran, David Evans, tips the scales at 71. And RBA veteran Peter Jonson joins the septuagenarian club this year.
And let's not forget Village Roadshow's co-executive chairman Graham Burke, who is 73 and under contract until 2017.
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