Family Business Association appoints Chair and CEO
Family Business Association (FBA) has appointed a new Chair, Angus Kennard and CEO, Catherine Sayer, replacing outgoing Chair, Mark Kagan and Acting CEO, Andrea Moody respectively.
Mr Kennard has been a key driver during the last 24 years in the rapid growth and development of his third-generation family business Kennards Hire, with 185 branches and 1700 people across Australia and New Zealand.
“It is a great honour to be nominated as Chair of FBA. Family business serves such an important role in our economy, our community and in our culture. More than 70% of businesses and 50% of people employed are in the family business sector.
“The voice of family business needs to be strong and influential and I look forward to helping build that voice. The future is the next generation, and I will enjoy engaging the future leaders and helping them step into those roles successfully.
“I would like to thank both Mark Kagan and Andrea Moody for their hard work with FBA as Chair and Acting CEO and I welcome and look forward to working with our incoming CEO, Catherine Sayer, , to support family businesses across Australia and New Zealand.”
Catherine Sayer was previously the Chief Executive Officer of Food South Australia Inc., the state’s peak industry body for food and beverage manufacturers and producers. Prior to taking up the challenge of establishing and leading Food South Australia, Catherine’s roles included working in both the public and private sector and managing her own marketing consultancy.
“Having grown up in a family business, and worked with many family businesses throughout my career, I am very much looking forward to joining FBA and working with members and key stakeholders across Australia and New Zealand to build the family business community,” she said.
FBA is a membership-based national organisation, including New Zealand. We assist family businesses harness their unique competitive advantages. Leveraging ‘family business’ as an asset is what truly sets our members apart from their competition and FBA has been successfully helping family businesses along that path for the past 25 years.
- Family-run businesses account for 70% of all businesses in Australia
- There are more than 1.4 million Australian family businesses operating in Australia
- Australians prefer to buy from family businesses
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