The Australian Institute of Refrigeration Air Conditioning and Heating (AIRAH) has appointed Tony Gleeson as its new CEO.

AIRAH president, Nathan Groenhout, said the board is delighted to appoint an individual of the calibre of Gleeson to head the prestigious 95-year-old not-for-for-profit institute.

“Tony is a highly experienced executive with an excellent track record of leading organisations through change, both nationally and internationally,” Groenhout said.

Gleeson has previously held senior consulting roles in process re-engineering and change management with PwC, Deloitte and Terra Firma.

Gleeson has also held roles with CPA Australia as executive general manager for member knowledge. This saw him responsible for the organisation’s CPA certification program and on-going professional development for members, including leading the advocacy and publishing activities on a global basis.

Following this, Gleeson was CEO of the Australian Institute of Management’s Victorian and Tasmanian operations, as well as the CEO of AIM’s online learning company, Idria.

Gleeson led the states into the national integration of AIM, and held the position of acting CEO of the AIM membership company during this period.

“I’m thrilled, humbled and excited to have been offered the role of CEO of AIRAH and I look forward to the challenge of helping the organisation to grow and continue its exciting evolution,” Gleeson said. .

“AIRAH has a very strong brand, and the organisation is respected for its training, conferences and publications. Its members play a vital role in everything from keeping our food fresh, to infection control and making our buildings comfortable.

“There is a tremendous story to tell about the HVACandR industry.”

Acting AIRAH CEO, Phil Wilkinson, will remain at AIRAH in the new role of executive manager – government relations and technical services while current AIRAH COO, Neil Cox, will move into the role of executive manager – business development.

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