ANZCCJ ANNOUNCES NEW LEADERSHIP TEAM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
9 August 2016
The Executive Council of the Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ), which was elected at the Annual General Meeting on July 21 2016, today announced that Andrew Gauci, Managing Director & CEO of Lendlease Japan, will succeed Melanie Brock, Managing Director of Melanie Brock Advisory, as Chair of the ANZCCJ.
Melanie expressed her intention to step down after six years leading the ANZCCJ. The Executive Council noted that under Melanie’s leadership, numerous important milestones had been met and that Melanie would be leaving the role of Chair with the ANZCCJ in an exceptionally strong position to deliver ever increasing value to its members going forward.
Andrew will take over as Chair from 1 November 2016, with Melanie’s term of office ending on 31 October 2016. The Executive Council unanimously voted to bestow the title of Chair Emeritus in recognition for her achievements over the past six years.
The Executive Council re-elected Edward Cole, Managing Partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, as Vice Chair, and appointed Catherine O’Connell, Head of Legal at Molex Japan, as the other Vice-Chair. Martin Spann, Branch Head and Head of Markets Tokyo at Commonwealth Bank of Australia, was elected Treasurer.
Andrew Gauci has been in his present position as CEO of the Lendlease business in Japan since 2007 and has extensive experience as a member of the Executive Council, having served for the past six years. “On behalf of the Executive Council and the membership, I would like to thank Melanie for six years of service and dedication to the Chamber and for extending her term of office as Chair to the end of October 2016. This will ensure a smooth transition,” said Mr Gauci.
Melanie added, “With Andrew Gauci we have an excellent successor for the position of Chair. He represents the continuation of our Executive Council agenda to ensure the ANZCCJ’s growth as the source of information, representation and business connections for the Australian and New Zealand business community in Japan. I look forward to working with Andrew on his transition into the role.”
When first elected, Melanie was the ANZCCJ’s 16th Chair, and the first woman in the position. She took office in the year Japan hosted APEC and oversaw the ANZCCJ’s strong advocacy during the JAEPA negotiations. The ANZCCJ has launched many important initiatives under Melanie’s leadership, including the Japanese SME Support Program and the Tohoku Reconstruction Program which continues to play a vital role in raising awareness of the region’s recovery efforts among members of the foreign community in Japan.
The Chamber experienced a marked increase in engagement by the Japanese business community and Japanese membership through Melanie’s relationship and strong links with the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Japan-Australia Business Co-operation Committee.
Melanie continued, “It has been an honour to serve as Chair of the ANZCCJ over the past six years. I want to thank our past and present Executive Council members, our Japanese partners, and especially our members and sponsors – who are the foundation of our Chamber – for their continued support, and ask that they extend this to Andrew and his new leadership team.”
Media contact: Cristina Merino, ANZCCJ Executive Director
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About the ANZCCJ
The Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ) is a non-profit organisation with over 600 members. ANZCCJ’s mission is to play a constructive and meaningful role in developing Australia/New Zealand-Japan business by providing members with an effective source of information, representation and commercial connections.
To learn more visit www.anzccj.jp