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Retail Drinks Australia CEO departs

Retail Drinks Australia has announced that Chief Executive Julie Ryan, has provided notice of her intention to step down as the leader of the national industry body that advocates and supports liquor retailers in order to pursue further career goals in the commercial sector.

As the founding leader of the organisation, Ms Ryan steered its transition from the Australian Liquor Stores Association in October 2018 to the new-look industry body of today.

She is cited as the leader who has created a “united voice” for the industry in its collaboration with state and federal governments and providing support service to members.

Michael Waters, the former Chief Operating Officer, takes over as acting Chief Executive Officer as of 1 July 2020 and will be provided with ongoing support by Ms Ryan in a consulting capacity.

Chairman John Carmody applauded the work of Ms Ryan saying the organisation is well-positioned to advocate for liquor retailers thanks to her exceptional leadership.

“Retail Drinks Australia has achieved everything we had planned and more under Julie’s leadership,” Mr Carmody said.

“Her business acumen and energetic approach to advocacy has delivered significant value to the industry.

“Our members can be confident in the smooth transition of leadership as Michael and his team takes the reigns.”

Taken from RDA media release 9 June 2020. 

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