Thales Australia CEO, Chris Jenkins, has been elected as the new National President of the Australian Industry Group.

Mr Jenkins was appointed Thales Australia CEO in 2008 and has held senior roles with Thales locally and internationally for more than 20 years.

He has been active in Ai Group for many years, including most recently as Ai Group National Vice President; Chairman of Ai Group’s Defence Council; and Ai Group NSW Branch President.  His other appointments include Advisory Member of the Centre for Defence Industry Capability and Adjunct Professor of the University of NSW.  In 2013 he received the Insignia of Knight in the Legion of Honour, France’s highest decoration.

“As President I look forward to working to ensure Ai Group is the premier industry body in Australia, representing our member interests and supporting policies that help our economy grow,” Mr Jenkins said.

“I very much share Ai Group’s ambition to make Australia the best place to do business.  I am a passionate believer in the strength of local skills and a strong advocate for the global competitiveness of Australian engineering, design and manufacture.

“There are many challenges ahead for business on which Ai Group will take a positive role in influencing the delivery of good policy including around tax, workplace relations, energy and skills.  These will be among our biggest priorities in the year ahead,” Mr Jenkins said.

Ai Group’s National Executive expressed great appreciation to outgoing President, Noel Cornish, for his leadership of Ai Group.  His Presidency covered a period of great change domestically and globally which saw Australian industry meet the challenges posed by the economic transition following the end of the mining boom.

The other newly elected Ai Group national office bearers are: National Deputy President, John Dixon, Managing Director, Redstar Transport Operations Pty Ltd; National Secretary-Treasurer, Russell Rolls, Chairman, R G Melgaard & Co Pty Ltd; National Vice Presidents: (NSW) Tony Warren, Group Managing Director Corporate Affairs, Telstra Corporation Limited; (Vic) Jeff Connolly, Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Ltd; (SA) Alexander Kachellek, Managing Director, Korvest Ltd; (Qld) Martin Munro, Chief Executive Officer, Watpac Construction Pty Ltd.

Ai Group is a peak national employer organisation representing a broad cross-section of Australian businesses.  Our members operate in sectors such as manufacturing, construction, labour hire, defence, ICT and transport. We exist to provide high quality workplace advice and support to help individual member companies succeed.

Source: Ai Group