By Amy Looker
The Liquor Merchants Association of Australia (LMAA) held its annual general meeting in Sydney last week, where it was unanimously decided to adopt a new constitution following a detailed review of business operations.
The adoption of a new constitution will provide a framework for the LMAA to be more streamlined in its operations and allow it to be more proactive in its decision-making.
Under the new constitution the board of directors of the LMAA has the capacity to appoint independent directors on a needs basis, with Ralph Dunning and John Livingstone being named as the two new independent directors.
“We are pleased to announce Mr. Ralph Dunning and Mr. John Livingstone have been appointed as independent directors to serve on the LMAA board” said LMAA chief executive officer, Sandra Przibilla.
“Mr. Dunning, the incumbent president, has been appointed as the inaugural chairman of the board, and Mr. Livingstone as treasurer. Mr. Dunning is a consummate professional with a high level of industry experience within the drinks sector, and is recognized for his integrity and is held in high regard. Mr. Livingstone, involved with the LMAA since the early 80’s and serving as President of the association (1990-91), is also a former MD of Swift and Moore, a former chair of DSICA and brings a comprehensive understanding of the associations role, function and strategic plan”.
Przibilla said the new constitution would allow the LMAA to provide stronger support to its members.
“Over the last four years the structure of the association has changed considerably. The adoption of the constitution is reflective of these changes and will allow flexibility in the management of the business,” said Przibilla.
“With increased support from member companies the LMAA continues to evolve and develop whilst remaining focused on its core business of delivering commonly required services to members. Our objectives remain the same – continue delivering best in class services, develop new services in conjunction with members and the wider industry community and build a framework for a sustainable business model for the future.”