New CEO appointed

A NEW Chief Executive Office has been appointed to Enterprise Whitsundays.

Andrei Koeppen from Adelaide will arrive in the Whitsundays next week and will start work on Tuesday, June 1.

A former teacher, business owner and most recently CEO of Marnda Mia CNC in WA, he is moving here with his wife and family.

He said he was excited about the challenges of leading the economic development charge in a fast-growing and dynamic region such as the Whitsundays.

Deputy Chairman of Enterprise Whitsundays Mark Gaudry said the board was very pleased to have found someone of Andrei's qualifications and experience to take the organisation forward.

“Enterprise Whitsundays has enjoyed enormous growth and development over the past three years and we are very pleased to have found someone like Andrei who can continue this work and really develop the potential of our growing region.

“We have many exciting projects on the go, including the new ‘Made in the Whitsundays' regional brand, and I am sure Andrei is going to make a real difference to the region's economic development progress.”

Born in Melbourne, Andrei grew up in Adelaide, worked as a teacher in Arnhem Land and then owned his own businesses for 10 years including Dr PC and Apple Centre Adelaide.

After selling the companies, he was appointed general manager of the Inner West Business Enterprise Centre, in Adelaide, which covered two large councils and 20,000 businesses. Most recently he was CEO of Marnda Mia CNC, a regional body in the Pilbara (Western Australia), which represents eight native title groups to implement a series of regional standards that the Aboriginal people have negotiated with Rio Tinto.

Meanwhile, the former chief executive officer of Enterprise Whitsundays, Rebecca Andrews, has been appointed the new CEO of Regional Development Australia for the Mackay, Isaac and Whitsundays region.

RDA is a new Federal Government organisation aiming to provide strategic and targeted support to local businesses and community groups in response to economic, environmental and social issues affecting their regions.

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