Leadership changes at Evocca

22 July 2015

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After becoming embroiled in controversy over some of its marketing practices, Evocca College has restructured its Executive Leadership Team with the appointment of Craig White as Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective as of 1 July 2015, following the decision of former Managing Director Robert Gordon to step down from this role and focus on his Board position.

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Craig WhiteThe position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO), which is currently held by Mr White will be filled by KPMG Director David Schweitzer, effective as of 3 August 2015.

An experienced and respected finance industry figure, Mr White has been in the role of CFO at Evocca since his appointment in November 2014. He has extensive experience in financial leadership and management, having previously held the position of CFO at a variety of public companies, including the South Pacific and Korea Division of The Coca-Cola Company, Billabong International Limited, and most recently the Australian Agricultural Company Limited.

He holds a Bachelor of Science, Economics and Accounting (Southampton University, UK), a Master of Business Administration (Deakin University), is a Chartered Accountant and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (Australia), a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, is on the Board of the Financial Executives Institute of Australia, and has undertaken the Coca-Cola Executive Development Program.

David Schweitzer is currently Director, Mergers and Acquisitions at KPMG where he has worked for 15 years. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (University of Queensland) and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance (Finsia). He has been advising Evocca College for 18 months on strategic initiatives and was seconded to Evocca as interim CFO until Craig was appointed to this role.

Evocca says these appointments reflect a long term strategy and succession plan that Evocca has had in place for some time, reflecting the growth and development of the organisation into being the leading private provider in the VET sector in Australia, along with the organisation’s plans for further expansion.

Mr White observed that:

As the leading private provider in the VET FEE HELP sector in Australia, I feel that we have a responsibility to lead by example in maintaining our high standards and to continue to work closely with government and key stakeholders for further improvement throughout the industry.

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