By Sarah Falson
SYDNEY: The Australian Industry Group, a representative body that gives practical advice to businesses of all sizes, has elected Electrolux Home Products managing director, Trevor Carroll, as its new national president.
Carroll was elected at the AI Group’s 133rd annual general meeting held in Brisbane this week, and was promoted from his former position at the Ai Group as national vice president and NSW branch president.
The AI Group offers advice and information in the forms of member briefings, e-newsletters, publications and an interactive website. Members are chosen from various industry sectors including manufacturing, construction, automotive, telecommunications, IT, transport and labour hire.
Carroll, a commerce graduate, “brings to the position a wealth of experience in automotive and whitegoods manufacturing from his native New Zealand and in Australia spanning finance and accounting, business planning and development, and sales and marketing,” stated a press release distributed today.
Common issues facing the AI Group include unfair dismissals, workers’ compensation cases, OH&S training and advice, negotiating enterprise bargaining agreements and discrimination in the workplace.
According to Electrolux Home Products, Carroll is looking forward to the AI Group continuing its role “as a market leader among industry organisations."
“Business across Australia faces many competitive challenges from the pressures of globalisation to the day to day issues of workplace relations reform, skill shortages, infrastructure bottlenecks and costly and complex workers compensation systems,” Carroll said in a statement to the press.
“It is my aim for AI Group to continue to address these and many other issues and to be a leading advocate of pro growth policies to help lift the competitiveness of Australian industry as well as continuing to lift the quality and breadth of AI Group services.
“Business also has obligations to the wider community, a responsibility that AI Group has always taken very seriously.”
Carroll has held positions as Email Limited group general manager – major appliances operations and its Westinghouse, Simpson, Kelvinator, Dishlex, Chef and Hoover brands when it was purchased by the Electrolux Group in February 2001.
“As Managing Director of Electrolux Home Products since that time, he has maintained its number one position in Australasian whitegoods sales as well as leading its integration into Electrolux’s Asia Pacific operations,” said Electrolux Home Products.