The board of the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria has announced the appointment of Paul Guerra as chief executive officer, to commence with the organisation on February 12.
Mr Guerra is an internationally experienced leader, having held managing director and chairman roles and has a wide range of experience in Australia and the Asia Pacific region across many different sectors.
After a thorough recruitment process beginning in October, RASV president Matt Coleman said the organisation was delighted to appoint Mr Guerra, whose impressive corporate career had spanned several industries.
‘‘We are thrilled to have appointed someone with Paul’s proven experience and accomplishments to lead RASV into the next stage of development and opportunity,’’ Mr Coleman said.
‘‘His business acumen, knowledge and foresight is invaluable to our growth as we continue to identify and create new and greater outcomes for our organisation and our stakeholders.’’
Mr Guerra has been chairman of the Queen Victoria Market since 2011, overseeing the company and preparing for the upcoming renewal, along with ensuring the effective management and operations of the iconic Melbourne precinct. Most recently he held the position of Asia Pacific managing director for Optum International, one of the world’s leading providers of health services.
Mr Guerra was also Vodafone’s Victorian director and was previously a director and vice-president of Motorola Asia Pacific.
In addition to his past employment, Mr Guerra holds an honours degree in electronic engineering from Swinburne University as well as a post-graduate diploma in management with a major in marketing.
‘‘RASV has a long and proud history and I am honoured to lead this exceptional team of talented professionals,’’ Mr Guerra said.
‘‘This is a fantastic opportunity for any leader and I look forward to the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in ensuring the long-term future growth of such an important organisation.’’