Manufacturing Australia appoints new chairman

Manufacturing Australia (MA) has appointed James Fazzino to replace departing chairman Mark Chellew, who is stepping down after leading the organisation since early 2015.

Under Chellew’s leadership, Manufacturing Australia has been a respected and influential advocate for Australia’s large enterprise manufacturing sector, and led debate about the policy and market reforms needed to secure the next generation of industrial employment in Australia.

The MA member CEOs today thanked Mr Chellew for his outstanding leadership throughout his time as Chairman.

Fazzino, who steps down as Managing Director and CEO of Incitec Pivot Limited in November, was a founding member CEO of Manufacturing Australia, well known not just for his transformation of Incitec Pivot’s business, but also for his passionate belief that Australian manufacturing can compete on the world stage.

During his 14 year tenure at Incitec Pivot, first as CFO and then as CEO, Incitec Pivot increased in size six-fold, with Fazzino overseeing construction of two new manufacturing plants, successfully integrating the $3 billion Dyno-Nobel acquisition and restructuring the group to become a global industrial chemical company with operations around the world.

“Mark has been an outstanding advocate for Australian manufacturing and the MA member companies. I have enjoyed working closely with him as a member CEO, and I am delighted to have the opportunity to succeed him as MA Chairman and continue this important work,” Fazzino said.

“Manufacturing has a strong future in this country. Its definitely not a sunset industry. But just as businesses must adapt in a globally competitive manufacturing sector, so too should policymakers.

“Our challenges are well known and long championed by MA: we need to get energy costs down and productivity up to remain internationally competitive; we need a regulatory system that ensures safety and standards without stifling innovation or competition; and we need to grasp the opportunities of free trade, while defending ourselves against unfair trade practices.”

“None of that is easy, but it is achieveable. I look forward to continuing Manufacturing Australia’s constructive approach and working with governments to find solutions to big challenges.”

Manufacturing Australia’s members include Adelaide Brighton, BlueScope, Brickworks, Capral, Cement Australia, CSR, Dulux, Incitec Pivot, Orora and Rheem.

“I couldn’t be happier that James will succeed me as chairman of Manufacturing Australia,” Chellew said. ” MA is a unique and very important organisation, and I know James will continue its work while enjoying the respect of the business community and the political community alike.”

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