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Fresh leadership for future focused VACC

29 November 2018

VACC congratulates newly appointed VACC President, Fury Bortolotto and Executive Board members Mark Awremenko (Vice President) and Chris Hummer (Secretary), Tony Sanchez (Immediate Past President); Peter Savige (Past President); Paul Bertoli and Tony Sitch, all of whom were existing Board members.

New Directors include Sharon Pask, who is the Chief Financial Officer at Frankston Toyota, and Michael Grubb, owner and operator of Specialist Auto Hobart (VACC represents the interests of the Tasmanian automotive industry and operates under the Tasmanian Automobile Chamber of Commerce name in that state).

Officially announced at the Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, 28 November 2018, the introduction of this new leadership team is testament to the association’s future focus and commitment to supporting member businesses.

Historically, VACC has been governed by a President, Board of Management and Executive Board. Following lengthy review and recommendation from VACC CEO, Geoff Gwilym, the Directors of the Board of Management agreed earlier this year that it was in the best interests of VACC members for the Board of Management to disperse, delegating its responsibilities to a nine-member Executive Board.

Sitting eight times a year, the Executive Board will have the ability to address and act upon threats and opportunities faced by the association in a timely manner.

The rationale behind the association’s constitutional changes, coming into effect with this latest management announcement, has always been to position VACC strategically for the future – ensuring that the body remains relevant, efficient and effective.

The wealth of experience and wisdom that members of the Board of Management, which included 12 Past Presidents, brought to the table will continue to be relied upon under the new management structure. As governance and policy issues will now to be dealt with separately, many members of the Board of Management have taken the opportunity to join the VACC Industry Policy Council.

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