City of Greater Geelong Council today confirmed the departure of Acting CEO and Executive Director Strategy, Governance and Corporate, Kaarina Phyland.
Serving as Acting CEO for the past year and leading the transformation of the City’s People and Strategy functions for four years before that, Ms Phyland has served the community with determination and commitment, said Mayor, Trent Sullivan.
“Kaarina has led the City through extraordinary challenges, from protecting frontline jobs and supporting our many essential workers throughout COVID-19, to navigating financial pressures under one of our toughest budgets in recent years,” the Mayor said.
“I thank Kaarina for her passion and strong leadership and look forward to seeing where her career takes her in future.
“Starting in 2019, Kaarina brought a focus on organisational design, recognising the need to establish high-performing capabilities to manage and respond to the strategic, cultural and performance needs of the organisation.”
City of Greater Geelong CEO, Ali Wastie said Ms Phyland had initiated change to make the organisation more strategic and working to common rhythms.
“The City’s Annual Business Planning Cycle, initiated in 2021, ensures that the entire organisation plans together towards common goals – no longer in silos.”
“We will keep building on this so that we continue to make better and better decisions for our community, managing our resources in the best ways possible,” Ms Wastie said.