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AIRAH CEO Tony Gleeson to step down

The Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating (AIRAH) has announced its CEO Tony Gleeson, M.AIRAH, will be stepping down in early 2023.

Appointed to the position of CEO in 2016, Gleeson’s major achievements include the expansion and digitisation of AIRAH’s knowledge assets such as the Design Application (DA) manual series, successful advocacy for the compulsory registration of engineers, promoting women in STEM, establishing AIRAH’s membership of Standards Australia, establishing and chairing the $18M Innovation Hub for Affordable Heating and Cooling (i-Hub), and being a leading voice on indoor air quality, particularly during the pandemic period.

AIRAH’s President Paul Jackson, F.AIRAH, thanked Gleeson for his leadership and commitment to AIRAH’s members and the HVAC&R sector during very challenging times. Jackson says Gleeson’s considerable experience and future-focused vision have delivered outstanding outcomes for the organisation and for the broader community working in the built environment.  

“Tony is leaving AIRAH in a position of great strength, after working closely with the board to set a bold, ambitious agenda for strategic transformation, and for personally leading investment in employee culture and experience,” Jackson says.

“Although the board and his team will miss him enormously, we know Tony will continue to be a part of AIRAH’s community and a leading voice across all facets of the profession. In the near term, Tony will play a key role in ensuring a smooth handover and onboarding process for the new CEO. This is a great opportunity for a new leader to contribute to creating an Australian HVAC&R industry that is highly skilled and professional, safe, sustainable and environmentally effective,” Jackson says.

AIRAH will now begin the process of recruiting a new Chief Executive Officer.

Taken from AIRAH, 14 October 2022 Media Release.

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