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Independent Brewers Association names its first CEO

IBA CEO

By Andy Young, TheShout

Earlier this year the Independent Brewers Association carried out a strategic review, which among other things, recommended that the association make organisational changes including the appointment of a new CEO.

That instigated a recruitment search, which has now ended after the IBA announced that Alexis Roitman has been appointed into the role, and that she has started today. The IBA said that Roitman will add a new skill set to the association and her experience will enable the IBA to build on the work that it has done in recent years.

IBA Chair Ben Kooyman said: “Alexis brings to the CEO role a unique combination of skills and experience in industry advocacy and representation, with a clear passion for our sector. On behalf of the Board, I welcome her to the IBA and look forward to working with her in the years ahead.”

Having originally trained as a corporate lawyer, Roitman has 15 years’ experience in peak industry associations in Australia. She has worked in senior leadership roles within numerous state and national industry groups, as well as consulting on industry affairs as Managing Director of Canvass, the agency she established in 2008.

The IBA said that Roitman has been a strong supporter of independent brewers in Australia for many years that she regularly sits on competition judging panels.

Roitman said: “Independent Brewers in Australia are a vibrant, dynamic sector that continues to delight Australians with the quality and diversity of their beers. I’m really looking forward to working with the Board, the IBA team, IBA members and industry stakeholders to build on the success of the sector to date.”

The IBA also acknowledged the work of Chris McNamara and the office team in building the momentum of the Association from its earliest years, adding: “Alexis will add further impetus to the latest deliverables seen from the IBA’s Strategic Pillars of Awareness, Member Service & Value, Quality and Regulatory Advocacy”.

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