The chief executive of the Australian Made Campaign (AMC) has announced he will be stepping down from his role with the iconic ‘green and gold’ business, after 14 years at the helm.
Ian Harrison, the chief executive of the AMC has resigned from his position and will be leaving the company at the end of July.
“After 14 years of running this great organisation, it’s time to do a little less and give someone else a run,” Harrison said.
“Australia’s strong nation brand is a great asset for our business community and our economy, but the challenge always is to make that connection. That’s exactly what the Aussie Made logo was created to do 32 years ago and, I am pleased to say, is doing so even more powerfully today.”
During his time with the business, Harrison has reportedly grown the number of businesses sporting the iconic green and gold logo by 350 percent. It’s believed there are 2700 brands using the logo on more than 20,000 products sold both locally and internationally.
”Ian has been an outstanding chief executive for the Australian Made campaign and all of us on the Board will be genuinely sorry to see him go,” said AMC Chairman, Glenn Cooper.
“In his time leading the organisation, he has built the strength and standing of the logo, along with the campaign behind it, enormously.”
Cooper also says that Harrison has been instrumental in making the Australian Made brand recognisable in the global market and further developing the businesses website presence.
“The website is now getting over 100,000 hits per month, [while] the Aussie Made club boasts 32,000 members, and social media profiles totalling over 350,000 [followers],” Cooper said.
“Ian has been a driving force behind the logo’s positioning as Australia’s global product symbol. It is used extensively in export markets, and to support this global presence. It is now a registered trademark in the USA, China, South Korea and Singapore, with registration in eight other Asian countries already underway.”
According to Cooper, Harrison has been working on a succession plan with the board for some time, with a succession plan expected to be announced at the company’s July meeting.
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