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Bureaucrat is new PIAA chief

Tuesday, 06 March 2001
By Print 21 Online Article

In a move widely interpreted as returning to its core strengths, the new CEO of peak industry body, Printing Industries, comes from a background in industrial relations. Garry Donneson will take up the post on March 5. One PIA staffer described his appointment as “a welcome return to stability.”

Industrial relations policy has always been a major plank of the association’s activities, and is enjoying renewed focus in this age of enterprise bargaining. The appointment comes after three months of searching, a time when deputy director, Philip Andersen, again stepped into the breech to caretake the association.

The choice of a senior NSW bureaucrat brings to an end a period of rapid change in the association that culminated in the breakdown of amalgamation talks with Australian Industry Group (AIG). The association sold its headquarters in St Leonards and moved to the Sydney CBD, a move that brought criticism from many members. Former CEO Luke Solly’s contract was not renewed.

The new man is coming to the job at a busy time. Printing Industries is the major organiser of Print 21 as well as being co-owner with GAMAA of PacPrint.

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