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Alcohol Beverages Australia elected a new executive committee at its annual general meeting held on November 30 in Sydney.
Mr. Greg Holland, CEO of Spirits & Cocktails Australia, has been elected as the new President of ABA; with Mr. Tony Battaglene, CEO of Australian Grape & Wine appointed Vice President; and Mr. John Preston, CEO of the Brewers Association, was re-elected as Treasurer after filling the vacant position in 2020.
A new role has also been added to the executive with Mr. Michael Waters, CEO of Retail Drinks Australia, officially appointed as a “member of the general committee”. This follows the recent review by the ABA of its constitution which was amended to better reflect the conduct of the business of the organization.
ABA CEO Andrew Wilsmore welcomed the new executive and thanked outgoing chairman Bryan Fry, who has completed two terms, for his contribution over the past four years and his ability to reach agreement between members on highly controversial issues facing the industry.
The ABA also expressed its sincere thanks to the outgoing Executive Committee member, Giuseppe Minissale, of Australian Liquor Marketers, who has dedicated more than 6 years to the ABA. Minissale helped establish the ABA’s first executive and previously served as president and vice-president.
Past President Bryan Fry said, “Our industry is a great industry, we have much to be proud of. It has been an immense privilege to have chaired the association over a period of four years, and I would like to thank all the members of the ABA who have provided invaluable support, especially in the development of our Vision 2030, which for the first time quantified our economic, social and environmental impact. contributions to Australia.
New ABA President Greg Holland said: “Our industry has a bright future, supporting the livelihoods of nearly 500,000 Australians and driving $ 52 billion in economic activity.
“Our award-winning products enhance life’s special moments and bring people together. As a cross-sectoral body, we recognize that Australians are drinking more responsibly than ever before and should be rewarded with government confidence to allow this positive trend to continue.
“I take my responsibility as president of the ABA seriously, especially as the alcohol industry is helping the tourism and hospitality sectors recover from COVID. I look forward to collaborating across all parts of our supply chain to advance the interests of our industry, ”said Mr. Holland.