ANZCCJ Farewells Melanie Brock and welcomes new leadership team
1 November 2016
ANZCCJ held its 'Building on Success' event at the Australian Embassy on the evening of 31 October 2016 to farewell Chair Melanie Brock and welcome incumbent Chair, Andrew Gauci, CEO of Lendlease Japan and his new leadership team.
The event allowed ANZCCJ members, key stakeholders and partners to celebrate Melanie’s tremendous commitment to the Chamber over the past six years. “Melanie really cares”, said Andrew Gauci as he described his relationship with Melanie at both a professional and personal level. Andrew also introduced the new Executive Council of the Chamber, expressing his high expectations and confidence in this team to deliver increasing value for our members.
In her final speech as Chair, Melanie talked about her years of experience as an Australian living and working in Japan. She reflected on the highlights of the past six years, such as her role in lobbying for the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA); establishing the ANZCCJ’s SME support programme to support Japanese companies to do business with Australia and New Zealand; launching the Sports for Business Committee; and the work the Chamber has done in the Tohoku region post-3/11, which has become the flagship CSR initiative for ANZCCJ.
The speeches by our Patrons: Australian Ambassador to Japan, HE Bruce Miller, and New Zealand Ambassador to Japan, HE Stephen Payton, and our distinguished guests: President of The American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, Ambassador Christopher LaFleur; Chairman of the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dr Akio Mimura, also acknowledged the successes the Chamber has achieved in recent years and the contributions Melanie has made to the Australia-New Zealand-Japan relationship. Dr Mimura offered a toast with apple cider from Minami Sanriku and sake from Kamaishi, both gifts from the Mayors of Kamaishi and Minami Sanriku who also joined the event.
As a surprise, there were a number of recorded video messages sent in by Mr Murray McLean AO, Chair of the Australia Japan Foundation and former Australian Ambassador to Japan; Sir Rod Eddington AO, President of the Australia Japan Business Co-operation Committee; and Mr Ian Kennedy, Chair of the Japan New Zealand Business Council and former New Zealand Ambassador to Japan.
One final surprise was a moving dance and song performance by Ngā Hau E Whā, a New Zealand Māori performing arts group based in Japan, as a gift from the New Zealand Embassy. This performance included songs, and a haka dedicated to Melanie to wish her well on the rest of her journey.
ANZCCJ thanks everyone who joined us on this special night and also Treasury Wine Estates and Penfolds for their sponsorship.