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ALC appoints new independent chair

The ALC has strengthened its leadership with the appointment of a freight and logistics expert as its independent chair

The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) has bolstered its leadership team with the appointment of a new independent chair.

Starting on February 16, Air Vice Marshal Margaret Staib will be the council’s new chair.

With this appointment, the ALC says it’s not just appointing a distinguished leader, but also reshaping the face of the logistics industry with a deeply experienced leadership team committed to driving innovation, efficiency and sustainability.

The ALC says Staib is an accomplished leader with expertise spanning defence, national security, transport, logistics, aviation, aerospace, cultural change and organisational transformation.

Staib began her illustrious career as a military logistician with the Royal Australian Air Force, rising to the rank of Air Vice Marshal. Staib has achieved notable milestone during her military service including serving as Commander Joint Logistics and Commandant of the Australian Defence Force Academy.

Staib was bestowed with the United States Meritorious Service Medal for her work on supply chain transformation at the Pentagon, as well as the Conspicuous Service Cross for outstanding achievement supporting military aviation.

Staib has also been CEO and managing director of Air Services Australia, focusing on air safety, navigation technology and cultural change.

“We are on a journey of exciting opportunity and transformation for Australia’s end-to-end supply chain and freight logistics industry,” ALC CEO Dr Hermione Parsons says.

“The appointment of Margaret as our independent chair marks the beginning of an exciting chapter for the ALC.

“I want to express our sincere gratitude to outgoing independent chair Philip Davies for his extraordinary contributions to the ALC and industry. Under his leadership, the ALC navigated unprecedented challenges and emerged stronger.

“Now, with Margaret at the helm, and our commitment to a deeply experienced leadership team, we are poised to build on this foundation and drive the industry forward. Together with the board, we believe strong leadership and advocacy is key to unlocking innovation and resilience across the logistics industry.”

While maintaining her ties to the defence community, Staib has also served as the Northern Territory Defence and National Security Advocate and chaired the Strategic Defence Advisory Board for the Chief Minister of the Northern Territory.

“I am honoured to take on the role of Independent Chair at the Australian Logistics Council and working closely with the ALC Board, Council and CEO,” Staib says.

“The ALC’s commitment to building a deeply experienced leadership team sends a powerful message about the importance of expertise in driving industry progress. I am excited about leading this dynamic team to progress the ALC’s strategic goals which include fostering innovation, sustainability and positive change in the supply chain and logistics industry for Australia’s prosperity.

“My background in military logistics, coupled with executive leadership roles, has equipped me to understand the complexities and opportunities in the supply chain and logistics industry.

“Together, with our talented team, we will navigate the evolving industry landscape and contribute to shaping a future where the Australian supply chain and freight logistics sector thrives in a dynamic and ever-changing world.”

The ALC says the appointment of Staib is only the tip of the iceberg, as the ALC remains committed to fostering a deeply experienced supply chain and freight logistics leadership team.

Staib’s appointment reaffirms the ALC’s dedication to fostering collaboration between industry, government and the broader community to address the challenges and opportunities facing Australia’s supply chain and freight logistics industry.

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