Restaurant & Catering Australia (R&CA) has announced the appointment of Juliana Payne as the organisation’s new CEO.

Payne has extensive experience in strategic and corporate operations for industry associations and not-for-profit organisations, and most recently served as head of partnerships for CanTeen and head of corporate development for the National Heart Foundation.

Payne also previously served as CEO of the National Tourism Alliance from December 2010 to June 2015, establishing the Tourism and Hospitality Careers Council and Australian Tourism Roundtable.

Payne replaces John Hart who is stepping down after 18 years in the role. Hart will remain with the association as a board director and will assist in the transition period between CEOs over the next 12 months.

Hart congratulated Payne on her appointment, welcoming her to the association.

“After an extensive recruitment process which saw a number of highly competitive candidates apply, we are delighted to announce Juliana’s appointment as CEO. On behalf of both the Board and the Association’s members, I’d like to congratulate Juliana on her appointment.

“Juliana brings a wealth of experience to Restaurant & Catering Australia, having worked in both industry associations and the not-for-profit sector for well over a decade.

“We look forward to Juliana formally commencing with the Association from Monday 10 July 2017,” Hart said.

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