Australian Made Campaign Chairman Glenn Cooper has appointed Robert Gerard as the first Patron of the not-for-profit public company.
Mr Gerard was appointed in the presence of senior business leaders from around the country and former prime minister John Howard, who relaunched the Australian Made Campaign in 1999.
In his role as president of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the 1990s, Mr Gerard was instrumental in forming Australian Made Campaign Ltd, which administers and promotes the green-and-gold Australian Made, Australian Grown kangaroo logo.
He served as a director of the Australian Made Campaign from 2001 to 2015 and was chairman from 2001 to 2009.
Mr Gerard is known nationally and internationally for his contributions to Australia’s business community and has also had a significant impact on Australia’s educational and sporting communities.
He is the Executive Chairman of Gerard Corporation, the Chairman of the Hall of Fame Governors for the South Australian Sport Hall of Fame, a Director of the Order of Australia Association Foundation, a Patron of the Duke of Edinburgh Award in SA and World Fellow, and was named 2004 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year.