AFGC appoints new CEO

Posted by Andrea Hogan on 14th June 2017

Tanya Barden, the new CEO of the Australian Food and Grocery Council

The Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) has appointed a new chief executive officer.

Tanya Barden will take on the role from 3 July 2017.

Barden has been working as the AFGC’s Director of Economics, Trade and Sustainability and has experience in senior level roles in the public and private sectors.

“Ms Barden comes to the position with a strong background in competition, energy and economics policy and regulation having worked in various roles at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission,” AFGC Chairman, Terry O’Brien, said.

“Subsequent to this she worked for energy retailer ActewAGL and ran her own on-line food retail business,” he said.

Barden has previously worked on AFGC advocacy matters including asking state governments to address rising energy cost concerns and leading the food sector’s trade agenda.

“In these government and corporate roles, Tanya has demonstrated a strong collaborative style and a great ability to think strategically, develop policy, campaign effectively and engage with business and government on a range of issues,” O’Brien said.

“The AFGC Board and staff welcome Tanya to this exciting position. Members are very familiar with her outstanding contribution to the policy advocacy for the sector, and we very much look forward to her taking an expanded role from July,” he stated.

Former AFGC CEO, Gary Dawson, resigned from the role in January 2017. The council has since been temporarily led by Dr Geoffrey Annison.


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