BESydney names Bruce Baird as new chair

By Industry and Stakeholder News, 17 August, 2017


Former Minister to replace Col Hughes.

Business Events Sydney (BESydney) has named former politician Bruce Baird as the new chair of the group from 01 Sep. He will replace Col Hughes, who had a 15-year association with the organisation. BESydney CEO Lyn Lewis-Smith said Bruce Baird’s appointment would be a huge asset to the business events sector.

“Bruce has had a distinguished career spanning government, industry and not-for-profit sectors. A skilled operator and experienced board member, he will provide a unique perspective on supporting our efforts to secure global events that generate trade and industry growth.”

Bruce Baird served as the Federal Member for Cook and previously held roles as NSW Minister for Transport, Tourism, Roads and for Sydney’s Olympic Bid. Baird thanked the outgoing Hughes for his leadership for the past 10 years.

“I am looking forward for continuing his success and working alongside a highly experienced board and management team to support efforts that draw priority business events to Australia.”

“We will continue to engage with our focus markets of Asia, North America, and Europe to grow business, trade, investment and the visitor economy in NSW,” he added.

In further governance changes, BESydney also announced Dr Marlene Kanga, will join the board as an independent director on 1 September 2017, replacing outgoing director, Robert Hill. Kanga is the president-elect, World Federation of Engineering Organizations and a BESydney Ambassador.

Source: Industry and Stakeholder News