Melinda Cilento has been announced as the new CEO of CEDA, (Committee for Economic Development of Australia) effective from the 3rd of October 2017. She will be taking over from Professor Stephen Martin who has held the position since 2011.
Cilento bears an impressive resume. She is currently with the Productivity Commission and holds a number of non-executive roles with Reconciliation Australia, Woodside Petroleum and Australian Unity. She was also previously the Deputy CEO and Chief Economist with the Business Council of Australia.
Cilento was chosen by CEDA following a thorough and extensive selection process, with Chairman, Paul McClintock AO, deeming her an “outstanding choice” who would bring “a wealth of experience from both an economics and business background.”
Further noting Cilento’s valuable experience, McClintock said that the appointment marked “an exciting new chapter for CEDA.”
“The board is looking forward to working with Melinda to ensure CEDA continues to deliver on its remit to produce rigorous research and policy discussion to influence good public policy” he said.
Commenting on her appointment, Cilento said she was excited to be taking on the role and valued the ethos of CEDA.
“CEDA holds a special place in Australia as one of the few independent bodies contributing to discussion and debate around economic and social policy,” she said.
“I look forward to working with members to ensure CEDA continues to deliver high calibre speakers and quality discussion on the CEDA stage.
“Priorities when I begin will be to meet with members, many of whom I already know through my previous roles, and begin planning CEDA’s 2018 research agenda.
“CEDA is in great shape and I’m looking forward to exploring how we can expand the reach and influence even further of CEDA’s research agenda and events program.”