11 September 2017
Manufacturing Australia appoints James Fazzino as new Chairman
Manufacturing Australia (MA) has appointed James Fazzino as Chairman, replacing Mark Chellew, who is stepping down after leading the organisation since early 2015.
Under Mr Chellew’s leadership, Manufacturing Australia has been a respected and influential advocate for Australia’s large enterprise manufacturing sector, and led debate about the policy and market reforms needed to secure the next generation of industrial employment in Australia. The MA member CEOs today thanked Mr Chellew for his outstanding leadership throughout his time as Chairman.
Mr Fazzino, who steps down as Managing Director and CEO of Incitec Pivot Limited in November, was a founding member CEO of Manufacturing Australia, well known not just for his transformation of Incitec Pivot’s business, but also for his passionate belief that Australian manufacturing can compete on the world stage.
During his 14 year tenure at Incitec Pivot, first as CFO and then as CEO, Incitec Pivot increased in size 6-fold, with Mr Fazzino overseeing construction of two new manufacturing plants, successfully integrating the $3 billion Dyno-Nobel acquisition and restructuring the group to become a global industrial chemical company with operations around the world.
Mr Fazzino said he was delighted to be succeeding Mr Chellew.
“Mark has been an outstanding advocate for Australian manufacturing and the MA member companies. I have enjoyed working closely with him as a member CEO, and I am delighted to have the opportunity to succeed him as MA Chairman and continue this important work,” he said.
“Manufacturing has a strong future in this country. Its definitely not a sunset industry. But just as businesses must adapt in a globally competitive manufacturing sector, so too should policymakers, Mr Fazzino said.”
“Our challenges are well known and long championed by MA: we need to get energy costs down and productivity up to remain internationally competitive; we need a regulatory system that ensures safety and standards without stifling innovation or competition; and we need to grasp the opportunities of free trade, while defending ourselves against unfair trade practices.”
“None of that is easy, but it is achieveable. I look forward to continuing Manufacturing Australia’s constructive approach and working with governments to find solutions to big challenges.”
Outgoing Chairman Mark Chellew said: “I couldn’t be happier that James will succeed me as Chairman of Manufacturing Australia. MA is a unique and very important organisation, and I know James will continue its work while enjoying the respect of the business community and the political community alike.”
Manufacturing Australia’s members include Adelaide Brighton, BlueScope, Brickworks, Capral, Cement Australia, CSR, Dulux, Incitec Pivot, Orora and Rheem.
Contact: Ben Eade, Executive Director, 03 9023 9117