Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Activate Group Australia announces board changes

The Activate Group Australia AGM held on 26 October saw a significant change in the board as several long-term directors made way for younger leaders.

“It is important that we acknowledge the input our retiring directors have given to the Group but also to the industry,” says Activate Group Australia CEO Keith Quigg. “We welcome openly the move to a younger board and we look forward to the illumination that they will bring to the table, under the Chairmanship of Matt Lloyd.”

Terry Page from Muhling Page W.A. has been a part of Activate since its inception as the AFBA in 1983. “Not only representing his state members and peers, Terry has been one of the best at assessing the effects of changes the industry is experiencing and in bringing forward motivating ideas for clients, retailers and members alike.”

Polly Yule has served on the board since 2017, representing Crossmark and providing open support for the merchandising teams that we represent. “Polly has been vocal on the value of membership of this Group and was keen to nominate a younger leader from Crossmark to take her place. The exemplifies her support of future leaders in the industry.”

Jamie Lobina was a director for 10 years originally as the CEO of Superior Sales and later as Superior Consulting. “Jamie was one of the strongest supporters of the Activate Joe Berry Award providing support for the development, judging and recognition of the talent we have in the industry. Jamie has wide knowledge of the convenience markets and was able to bring a wider view.”

Bruno Maurel AM is widely known for his tireless work with Tour de Cure. “Bruno represented the Creative Activation team and was our strongest advocate for a solid and dynamic strategic plan. His analysis of what interests the market was pivotal in the delivery of the ‘Activate Industry Report’, now in its 4th edition. Bruno, like Polly, was keen for a younger cohort of directors and nominated his replacement, Simone, accordingly.”

Clementine Churchill, Joe Berry Alumni 2017, was invited onto the board for her connection with the Award and her skill in marketing. “While a board position was a learning curve for Clementine, she was quick to find her feet and contributed strongly. She will remain in connection with the board through her role with the Joe Berry Alumni committees.”

“While we have lost some of the leadership and history from the board, we will be moving ahead with the new thinking anticipated from Simone Heath (Creative Activation) Laila Khalid (Maggie Beer Holdings), Esra Ozege (Alumni Chair, Mars Petcare), Tony Klatt (Alumni, Retail Tasker), Luke Johnson (Smollan) and the long and valuable experience of John Donlan (PharmaCare),” Mr Quigg said.

Keith Quigg and Bianca Velez have been re-elected and will continue their roles as Activate Board Directors for another term.

“To those leaving our table we express the greatest respect and thanks for your service to Activate and the retail industry,” Mr Quigg said.

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