Keep Australia Beautiful Appoints New CEO

Philip Robinson joins Keep Australia Beautiful National Association Ltd (KAB) on Monday following almost six years in interim leadership roles with some of the country’s largest brands.

He replaces Peter McLean, who departed KAB to move to the Australian Organics Recycling Association.

Mr Robinson will head up the non-profit environmental organisation and spearhead its campaign to stop littering across the nation. “It’s a privilege to have the opportunity to lead an organisation with such a proud history into its next exciting phase,” said Mr Robinson.

“Keep Australia Beautiful is an iconic brand with an important core purpose, but it also has significant potential to improve our awareness and care of the environment.”

“I look forward to working with the Board, our State Members and our corporate and government partners to formulate a new vision and implement programs that will allow us to achieve this objective,” he added.

A chemical engineering graduate of the University of New South Wales with an MBA from Macquarie University and INSEAD in France, Mr Robinson started out as a trainee engineer with BHP.

During a distinguished career, Mr Robinson has held senior executive and board positions with leading local and global businesses, the majority in the fast moving consumer goods sector. His previous roles include General Manager of Operations Services and Development at Dairy Farmers, Managing Director of Maxxium (NZ), Head of Planning and Governance at Kraft Foods, and General Manager of Sales at Sunbeam.

KAB Chairman Robert Thomas said Mr Robinson would lead the organisation into a new era, as it prepared to mark its 50th anniversary in 2018.

“Philip is a natural leader with a great passion for the environment, a proven track record of stakeholder engagement and commercial acumen, so he was an obvious choice to lead KAB into the future,” Mr Thomas said.

“Philip has an impressive record of improving the performance of every organisation he works for and I’m sure he will do the same for us.”

Mr Robinson starts in post on Monday 12 October.