RASV board names CEO

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The board of the Royal Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety of Vic­to­ria has an­nounced the ap­point­ment of Paul Guerra as chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, to commence with the or­gan­i­sa­tion on Fe­bru­ary 12.

Mr Guerra is an in­ter­na­tion­ally ex­pe­ri­enced leader, hav­ing held man­ag­ing direc­tor and chair­man roles and has a wide range of ex­pe­ri­ence in Aus­tralia and the Asia Pa­cific re­gion across many dif­fer­ent sec­tors.

Af­ter a thor­ough re­cruit­ment process be­gin­ning in Oc­to­ber, RASV pres­i­dent Matt Cole­man said the or­gan­i­sa­tion was de­lighted to ap­point Mr Guerra, whose im­pres­sive cor­po­rate ca­reer had spanned sev­eral in­dus­tries.

‘‘We are thrilled to have ap­pointed some­one with Paul’s proven ex­pe­ri­ence and ac­com­plish­ments to lead RASV into the next stage of de­vel­op­ment and op­por­tu­nity,’’ Mr Cole­man said.

‘‘His busi­ness acu­men, knowl­edge and fore­sight is in­valu­able to our growth as we con­tinue to iden­tify and cre­ate new and greater out­comes for our or­gan­i­sa­tion and our stake­hold­ers.’’

Mr Guerra has been chair­man of the Queen Vic­to­ria Mar­ket since 2011, over­see­ing the com­pany and pre­par­ing for the up­com­ing re­newal, along with en­sur­ing the ef­fec­tive man­age­ment and op­er­a­tions of the iconic Mel­bourne precinct. Most re­cently he held the po­si­tion of Asia Pa­cific man­ag­ing direc­tor for Op­tum In­ter­na­tional, one of the world’s lead­ing providers of health ser­vices.

Mr Guerra was also Voda­fone’s Vic­to­rian direc­tor and was pre­vi­ously a direc­tor and vice-pres­i­dent of Mo­torola Asia Pa­cific.

In ad­di­tion to his past em­ploy­ment, Mr Guerra holds an hon­ours de­gree in elec­tronic en­gi­neer­ing from Swin­burne Univer­sity as well as a post-grad­u­ate diploma in man­age­ment with a ma­jor in mar­ket­ing.

‘‘RASV has a long and proud his­tory and I am hon­oured to lead this ex­cep­tional team of tal­ented pro­fes­sion­als,’’ Mr Guerra said.

‘‘This is a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity for any leader and I look for­ward to the chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties that lie ahead in en­sur­ing the long-term fu­ture growth of such an im­por­tant or­gan­i­sa­tion.’’

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