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Gold Coast Tourism Announces Annaliese Battista as New CEO

June 13, 2018 Appointments / Movers & Shakers No Comments Email Email

Mr Paul Donovan the Chairman of Gold Coast Tourism Corporation Limited (GCT) board has announced today that Ms Annaliese Battista has been appointed the new Chief Executive Officer.

“We are excited to announce today Ms Annaliese Battista will be the new CEO of GCT,” said Mr Paul Donovan. “Ms Battista comes from the City of Perth where she has led the Directorate responsible for the City’s Economic Development and Activation.”

Mr Donovan said, “Mr Martin Winter for 10 years has led the strategies and plans in the marketing of the city domestically and internationally. Ms Battista will build on the current strong position of GCT and the City of Gold Coast, through a fresh approach with innovative and creative plans. The enthusiasm and passion for the role, proven deliverables in her current role, executive leadership skills and an understanding of the drivers of our city, were key factors in the appointment of Ms Battista.”

“I am privileged to be appointed to take on the leadership role of Gold Coast Tourism,” said Ms Annaliese Battista. “I see the Gold Coast has the best Australia can offer for local, Australian and International visitors. Through the activation of the city, we can optimise the contribution of visitors to the economic, social and cultural return on investment. This benefits the City’s businesses, residents, workers and other key stakeholders.”

“Just as important to me is that I will be able to call Gold Coast my home. I had no trouble in convincing my husband, who works in marketing internationally, to relocate to the Gold Coast.”

Mr Donovan said, “In the past year, GCT has improved the positioning of the Gold Coast through the We Are Destination Gold Coast branding. Destination Gold Coast has received wide acclaim and is proving a versatile and effective driver for the marketing and promotion of the Gold Coast as a great destination for visitors and events. Ms Battista will be able to further develop the evolution of our branding and positioning, to grow the economic impact of visitors to the Gold Coast.”

The GCT Board in September 2017 commenced the process for defining our future leadership and this was accelerated in March 2018, with the resignation of Mr Martin Winter after 10 years with GCT.

The GCT CEO role has a focus of leading GCT and our city through their capabilities and experience, vision and strategy, exceptional leadership skills and business acumen. The Board is acutely aware of the intense competition for attracting visitors and achieving economic outcomes in an increasingly mobile and connected world.

The GCT Board established a robust process, through a staged approach, to enable the identification of our future CEO to take on the challenges and opportunities for the role. There was a structured selection, evaluation and assessment criteria to enable a recommendation of the preferred CEO candidate to the Board.

We appointed a diversified panel to assist with the interviews and the identification of a preferred CEO candidate for appointment by the Board. The panel members appointed were Mr Paul Donovan, Mr Paul Steer, Mr Joe McCabe, Ms Peta Fielding and Mr Scott Horton.

The Board of Gold Coast Tourism was pleasantly surprised with the national and international interest in the role with 200 applications for the position. This reflects the prominence and importance of not only the GCT CEO role but also the Gold Coast as a world class destination city.

We see there were many disappointed applicants for the role and many candidates had exceptional skills and passion for the role and the Gold Coast.

Ms Battista commences the Gold Coast role on Monday, 6 August 2018.

Mr Winter’s departure date will be determined through a structured transition plan. There are several projects Mr Winter is likely to continue within an Executive role after Ms Battista commences as the CEO.

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