The Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC)’s new chief executive will begin at the end of next month.
Gary Dawson will come to the food and packaging’s peak representative group from Thales Australia, where he is the senior executive in charge of corporate affairs, communications and strategy.
Prior to this he filled a similar role at the ABC, managing strategy and communications and has also worked at the highest levels of government, spending five years as a Senior Advisor to Prime Minister John Howard, covering both media and policy, and four years as an advisor to ACT Chief Minister Kate Carnell.
Carnell stepped down from the role as chief executive of the AFGC in January to take up the same position at the Butterfly Foundation, which provides education and support on eating disorders in Australia.
Chairman of the AFGC, John Doumani, congratulated Gary on his appointment.
“Gary brings tremendous experience and proven success at senior executive levels in both the public and private sectors, with a career spanning media, politics and business,” he said.
“Importantly, he also has experience in an Industry body, having worked as Director of Communications at the NSW Law Society.
Dawson will officially commence his duties as AFGC chief on 30 July.