Thursday, June 20, 2024

Adelaide economic leadership in safe hands

South Australian business leader, Nikki Govan, has been reappointed by the City of Adelaide Council to lead the Adelaide Economic Development Agency (AEDA) for an another year.

Property business owner, Steve Maras, will then assume the role of chairperson for the next two years, following the endorsement of Ms Govan to the lead role for a further year by Council this week.

“The panel in its deliberations noted the skills and experience that both individuals bring to the AEDA Board,” said the Lord Mayor.

“Nikki is a highly experienced chair, board member and business owner with industry experience across multiple sectors and executive experience across public, private and not-for-profit spheres.

“In Steve, we have a leader who has a multi-disciplined background which includes commerce and finance, commercial and retail property investment and development.

“When Nikki completes her term, Steve will hit the ground running.”

Ms Govan said she looked forward to AEDA collaborating with Council.

“The transitional arrangement will ensure stability within AEDA and, an extension of the current chair with a transition to a respected city business leader, demonstrates Council strongly supports the leadership of the board to deliver for the city,” said Ms Govan.

“Continuation of the current chair sends a very strong message to the business community that the Council has confidence in the role and contribution of AEDA. It’s a move that helps crystalise AEDA’s reputation as an “entity of choice” that will attract high calibre personnel for future positions – including employees, board and Advisory Committee members.

“Steve and I are both committed to delivering on the three-year plan using our combined experience, networks and relationships, and expertise.”

Deputy Lord Mayor Phillip Martin said he was pleased to see AEDA’s future chairs’ commitment to helping Council achieve the city’s economic goals – and to ensuring ongoing stability and collaboration between the City of Adelaide and AEDA.

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