SME Association of Australia Chairman Craig West has announced the appointment of Garry Browne, CEO and Managing Director of Stuart Alexander & Co, as a Director of the SMEAA’s new look Board.
Stuart Alexander & Co is a leader in the Australasian fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector that imports, markets and distributes premium brands across various categories, including food, beverage, confectionery, snacks, chocolate and cigars.
Browne holds a Bachelor of Business from UTS and is a former student of the Harvard Business School where he completed the Owner President Management Program (OPM). He is currently Chair of the NSW Government Procurement Advisory Group and a previous President of the Food and Beverage Importers Association.
Browne was recently recognised with an Order of Australia (Member) for significant service to the community as a supporter of a range of social welfare, environmental organisations and business. An active philanthropist, he currently holds non-executive directorships with several community organisations.
Commenting on the appointment, West said Browne brings substantial experience gained from the SME, corporate and government sectors in highly commercial environments as well as significant director experience.
“This new appointment both strengthens and complements the mix of skills, experience and backgrounds of SMEA’s Board of Directors and I am looking forward to working with (Browne) as we chart a new and exciting future for the Association,” West said.
“This is an exciting time for the SMEAA and we are fortunate that the Board is comprised of talented small business owners with very personal experience and insight into the challenges and issues that are addressed every day by Australia’s SMEs.”
West added that the recent restructure of the SMEAA Board has been welcomed by SMEAA Members.
“I’m especially pleased by the feedback received from our members since the Board was restructured in February expressing their appreciation for the dynamic new direction, leadership and energy of the Directors as they oversee the expansion of the Association’s services and benefits and represent the voice of the SME sector at the government and corporate level,” concluded West.
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