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RASV appoints Paul Guerra as new CEO

The Board of The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) has announced the appointment of Paul Guerra as Chief Executive Officer, commencing with the organisation on February 12.

Mr Guerra is an internationally experienced leader having held Managing Director and Chairman level roles and has a wide range of experience in both Australia and Asia Pacific 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 has 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,” said Matt Coleman, President.

“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 Pty Ltd 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 Managing Director, Asia Pacific for Optum International, one of the world’s leading providers of health services focussed on improving care delivery, quality and cost-effectiveness.

Mr Guerra was Victorian State Director of Vodafone and previously Director and Vice President of Motorola Asia Pacific, where he had an extensive 17-year career.

He holds a Honours Degree in Electronic Engineering from Swinburne University as well as a Post Graduate Diploma in Management with a major in Marketing, and has held a range of Director roles at organisations including Red Dust Role Models, promoting health development for indigenous youth and Wesley College, one of Australia’s leading educational institutions.

“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.”

Mr Guerra’s appointment follows the resignation of outgoing CEO Mark O’Sullivan in October after 12 years in the position.