New Chair for Australian Food and Grocery Council
The Australian Food and Grocery Council has elected a new Chairman.
Unilever Australia and New Zealand Chief Executive Officer, Clive Stiff, will take on the role, replacing a retiring Terry O’Brien. O’Brien has been in the Chairman role for the past five years and has served with AFGC for 17 years.
Mr Stiff said although he is taking on the role when the industry is facing challenging times,, there is optimism for the future.
“There has never been a more important time for the food and grocery manufacturing sector to maintain a strong voice,” Mr Stiff said.
“Industry priorities include contributing to the health and wellness of the community and environment; regulatory reform to reduce compliance costs; improving the competitiveness of Australian manufacturing;; and ensuring fair negotiations with retailers,” he said.
AFGC CEO, Tanya Barden, said Mr Stiff brings 30 years of industry experience to the role having worked for a broad range of companies in the fast moving consumer goods sector.
“It’s great to have someone with so much industry knowledge and vitality who will help AFGC take up these important challenges and to work with government to strengthen the current operating environment,” Ms Barden said.
Mr Stiff joined Unilever in 2012 as CEO. He has previously worked for Goodman Fielder and Procter & Gamble in general management as well as in various commercial and marketing roles.
“I would also like to thank Terry O’Brien for his impressive leadership of the AFGC Board. Mr O’Brien has been a fantastic advocate for all facets of our industry,” Ms Barden said.
“Under his direction, the AFGC has played a key role in the development of a range of proactive whole of industry initiatives and increased the diversity of the AFGC Board, including greater small business representation.”
Mr O’Brien said it had been a privilege to lead the AFGC.
“Under his direction, the AFGC has played a key role in the development of a range of proactive whole of industry initiatives and increased the diversity of the AFGC Board, including greater small business representation,” he said.