SIA announces appointment of Veronica Papacosta as CEO

Media Release

17 August, 2020

Seafood Industry Australia (SIA) has announced the appointment of Veronica Papacosta to the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

“It is with great pleasure the Board announces the appointment of Veronica Papacosta as SIA’s new, full-time CEO,” SIA Acting Chair Chauncey Hammond said.

“After an extensive process the SIA Recruitment Committee, with the assistance of an external recruitment firm, unanimously recommended the appointment of Ms Papacosta as the CEO, and the Board unanimously accepted this recommendation.

“Ms Papacosta has been acting in this role since early April and has done an outstanding job. The Board looks forward to continuing to harness her passion and expertise to take SIA to a new level over the next few years.

“In her time as Interim CEO, Veronica has already lead a number of important initiatives for SIA such as the $4 million Federal grant for the Eat Seafood Australia marketing campaign, the national mental health pilot program, the state peak body round-table, increased membership, strategic partnerships and conducted extensive government engagement.”

“With much appreciation, I accept the nomination for the role of CEO,” Ms Papacosta said.

“I have been a longstanding member of the Australian seafood industry, being a third generation seafood retailer. I believe this understanding and connection reinforces my commitment and drive to improve outcomes for the other families and businesses that make up our great industry.

“I will continue SIA’s good work to promote, protect and develop the interests of the Australian seafood industry. I will continue to improve communications and collaborations within the industry, and also with governments, regulators, along with other sectors and industries. The long-term sustainability and success of SIA and SIA members is my primary goal.

“I thank the SIA board for their unwavering confidence and support for me in my time as Chair and now as CEO. SIA will be better off for the strong board and CEO working relationship.”

The SIA Board extends its thanks and appreciation to the members of the Recruitment Committee for their commitment, time and excellent contribution:  Louise Morrison, Sydney Fish Markets HR Manager, Alex Ogg, WAFIC CEO, Belinda Wilson, SIA Director, Mark Ryan, SIA Director, and Marshall Betzel, SIA Director.

Source: Seafood Industry Australia.

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