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AIRAH names Tony Gleeson as its new Chief Executive Officer

Following a rigorous nationwide search, the Australian Institute of Refrigeration Air Conditioning and Heating (AIRAH) has appointed Tony Gleeson as its new CEO. Gleeson takes AIRAH’s helm on February 1.

AIRAH president Nathan Groenhout, M.AIRAH, says the board is delighted to appoint an individual of the calibre of Gleeson to head the prestigious 95-year-old not-for-for-profit Institute.

“I’m pleased to announce that following a very rigorous recruitment process, Tony Gleeson has accepted our offer for the role of CEO of AIRAH,” Groenhout says. “Tony is a highly experienced executive with an excellent track record of leading organisations through change, both nationally and internationally.”

Gleeson comes to AIRAH after holding senior consulting roles in the areas of process re-engineering and change management with PwC, Deloitte and Terra Firma Consulting, including working for the global Deloitte office in New York for more than five years.

More recently Gleeson has held roles with CPA Australia as executive general manager for member knowledge. This saw him responsible for the organisation’s CPA certification program and on-going professional development for members, including leading the advocacy and publishing activities on a global basis.

Following this Gleeson was the CEO of the Australia Institute of Management’s Victorian and Tasmanian operations, as well as the CEO of AIM’s online learning company, Idria. Gleeson led the states into the national integration of AIM, and held the position of acting CEO of the AIM membership company during this period.

Gleeson holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) and a Bachelor of Science Education from the University of Melbourne, a Graduate Diploma of Business from Swinburne University, is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.

“I’m thrilled, humbled and excited to have been offered the role of CEO of AIRAH, and I look forward to the challenge of helping the organisation to grow and continue its exciting evolution,” says Gleeson.

“AIRAH has a very strong brand, and the organisation is respected for its training, conferences and publications. And its members play a vital role in everything from keeping our food fresh, to infection control and making our buildings comfortable. There is a tremendous story to tell about the HVAC&R industry.”

Acting CEO Phil Wilkinson, F.AIRAH, will remain at AIRAH in the new role of executive manager – government relations and technical services. Current AIRAH COO Neil Cox is moving into the role of executive manager – business development.

From AIRAH Media Release 1 February 2016





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