Smythe takes on re­sort’s top job

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THE Falls Creek Re­sort Man­age­ment Board (FCRMB) wel­comed new Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer (CEO) Stu­art Smythe to the team in early May.

With a back­ground in global busi­ness, Mr Smythe (pic­tured) demon­strated his abil­i­ties in es­tab­lish­ing, build­ing and grow­ing new en­ti­ties to out­stand­ing busi­nesses, and cou­pled with his abil­ity to trans­form and drive or­gan­i­sa­tional change across busi­nesses in Australia, North Amer­ica, In­dia and Ja­pan made him per­fect for the job.

Ac­cord­ing to FCRMB, Mr Smythe’s global se­nior lead­er­ship ex­pe­ri­ence along with the proven for­mu­la­tion and ex­e­cu­tion of strate­gic ini­tia­tives aligned with a col­lab­o­ra­tive ap­proach to key stake­holder ob­jec­tives have un­der­pinned his suc­cess in in­ter­na­tional fi­nance and busi­ness devel­op­ment over the last 20 years.

As a long-time vis­i­tor to Falls Creek, avid snow sports en­thu­si­ast Mr Smythe is ex­cited about the op­por­tu­ni­ties await­ing the moun­tain re­sort.

“The most re­cent de­vel­op­ments in the snow sports in­dus­try in Australia, namely sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment from off­shore pro­vides mean­ing­ful val­i­da­tion for the do­mes­tic in­dus­try and will present dy­namic op­por­tu­ni­ties for those key play­ers with the right in­fra­struc­ture, strate­gic part­ners, in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties and strat­egy,” he said.

“I am tremen­dously ex­cited with where Falls Creek is po­si­tioned to ben­e­fit from such devel­op­ment, along with the ap­pli­ca­tion of the Boards Mas­ter Plan and the ded­i­ca­tion of the Re­sort staff and key stake­hold­ers to en­sur­ing Falls Creek is the pre-em­i­nent out­door moun­tain des­ti­na­tion for all sea­sons.”

Mr Smythe is an ac­tive backer of snow sport re­lated films and has backed in­nova- tive prod­uct devel­op­ment ini­tia­tives re­lated to the in­dus­try.

FCRMB chair Mark An­der­son said the board is thrilled to have been able to find its new CEO and look for­ward to the next five years with Mr Smythe at the helm.

“We are pleased to have found such a well-qual­i­fied ex­ec­u­tive to ful­fil this piv­otal role for the next five years,” he said.

“Spe­cial thanks to Mark Hub­bard who has en­sured the smooth func­tion­ing of Re­sort op­er­a­tions and man­age­ment while the Board un­der­took the ex­ec­u­tive search.”

Mr Smyth of­fi­cially be­gan his new role on May 4, 2015.

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