Fujitsu General has appointed head of people and culture for Australia and New Zealand, Sarah Gatehouse, as the first female in the history of the Australian business to become a member of the executive team.

Her appointment represents a significant shift towards the growing diversity of Fujitsu General and its focus on fostering inclusive corporate culture.

Gatehouse has worked with Fujitsu General Australia since 2014 and during that time has energised significant cultural change with key initiatives such as team building, training and development, as well as talent identification. She has also driven workplace transforming initiatives including flexibility, benefits, policy and system innovation.

“Sarah is an exceptional leader who has an in-depth understanding of the organisation, its people and the community we serve. Her promotion will ensure our people have a strong voice of representation at an executive level along with her contribution to agile projects,” Fujitsu General Australia and New Zealand managing director, Philip Perham said.

Gatehouse expressed her gratitude and excitement at being provided this new opportunity. “This new approach provides Fujitsu General with an outstanding team of leaders, who have extensive knowledge of the air conditioning industry and its people. These appointments are significant in driving employee and talent development programs and cementing Fujitsu General as an industry leader.”

This restructure also includes the appointment of Darrin O’Brien to the newly created role of people and culture manager for Australia and New Zealand. O’Brien has supported Gatehouse in managing broad operational requirements and he will now enable Gatehouse to transition into her executive role and take over the daily operational activities.