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New leadership team takes the reins at the IBC


Release Date: 16/02/2012
The IBC has a new leadership team, after the chamber’s Board last night appointed Ms Sue Baker-Finch as the next President and Mr Michael Bassingthwaighte as the next Vice President. This decision comes just a few days after Mr Mike Leask started his new role as CEO.

“I’m looking forward to working with Mike, and the rest of the IBC Board, to help our members navigate through the current challenging economic climate and be a strong advocate for Illawarra businesses,” said Ms Baker-Finch.

“We thank Les Dion for the terrific job he has done over his four years as President. His Presidency spanned some difficult economic times, including the GFC, yet he was able ensure the IBC continued to support our members and grow the organisation,” said Ms Baker-Finch.

“Sue is an experienced Director and Senior Executive, and will be a passionate advocate for business in the Illawarra. I have enjoyed my four years as President and am delighted that someone of her calibre is taking on this important leadership role in the region,” said Mr Dion.

Ms Baker-Finch is currently the Chief Operating Officer of the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute (IHMRI). She is the first female to take on the role of IBC President. Mr Michael Bassingthwaighte is CEO of Peoplecare.

The IBC also welcomed its new CEO this week.

“This is an exciting time to be joining the IBC and I’m looking forward to meeting many of the members over the coming weeks, said Mike Leask, CEO of the IBC.

“One of my first focuses will be on expanding and improving our service offerings to members. We are also having a new event for 2012 called Business Marketplace. This event will allow people to come together and find out more about the many great services and products on offer in the Illawarra.

“I’m also keen to continue the IBC’s role as a business advocate in the region and am looking forward to working with local councils and the NSW and Federal Governments on further improving the business environment facing our members,” concluded Mr Leask.



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