AFGC’s interim CEO announced

The Australian Food and Grocery Council has announced that Dr Geoffrey Annison will be stepping in as interim chief executive of the organisation when Kate Carnell steps down today.

Annison is the current deputy chief executive officer and director of health nutrition and scientific affairs and has been with the AFGC for over four years.

Carnell has been in the role for three and a half years and is leaving to take up the chief executive role at depression and mental health awareness organisation the Butterfly Foundation.

She has been a vocal campaigner for more government intervention in the food and grocery sector, including the appointment of a Supermarket Ombudsman to keep the major supermarkets in check as well as working with the National Health Plan.

Annison has pledged that the AFGC will continue its fight against anti-competitive practices and unsatisfactory food health messages.

A report commissioned by the organisation found that 130 000 employees in the food and grocery sector alone will be out of work by 2020 if the current supermarket environment continues.

Jennifer Dowell, National Secretary of the Food and Confectionary division of the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union told Food Magazine the outlook appears even bleaker than that.

“I looking forward to working with AFGC’s strong and dedicated team within the Secretariat who will continue to carry on their excellent work in representing industry, which employs more than 312,000 Australians,” Annison said.

“It will be business as usual at AFGC.”

Annison will remain as interim Chief Executive until a long-term replacement can be found.

Last month, the AFGC announced it would be extending its representative focus to include small to medium enterprises (SME’s).

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