Jennifer Westacott to step down as Business Council chief next year

The head of Australia’s most powerful business lobby group, Jennifer Westacott, will step down from her role as Business Council of Australia chief executive as the hunt begins for her replacement.

Since 2011, Westacott has been the face of the lobby group representing the interests of corporate Australia. She said it was time to implement succession plans, The Australian Financial Review reported.

Jennifer Westacott has been the chief of the Business Council of Australia for 12 years.Credit:Oscar Colman

“The Business Council’s role fighting for the policies that keep Australia strong with a vibrant and successful business sector has never been more important, after 12 years leading the BCA I’ve begun working with Tim and the board to plan for the future,” Westacott said in a statement.

“Safeguarding our critical role means working to get leadership and succession plans in place and getting the secretariat structure right to ensure the organisation continues to have an outsized impact on the national debate.”

BCA president Tim Reed said the organisation’s board was working with Westacott to find her replacement and had engaged a recruitment firm.

“We are very fortunate to have such a capable leader who delivers this for members and our community with high energy and high impact, but both Jennifer and the board agree that we need to be ready for change and therefore we’ve initiated a formal process.”

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