16/12/2013 - 11:00

CBH chief appointed to B20 group

16/12/2013 - 11:00

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CBH Group chief executive Andrew Crane has been appointed a member of Australia’s B20 Leadership Group, a private sector consortium that produces policy recommendations for international finance leaders for the annual G20 Leaders Summit in Brisbane next year.

CBH Group chief executive Andrew Crane has been appointed a member of Australia’s B20 Leadership group, a private sector consortium that produces policy recommendations for international finance leaders for the annual G20 Leaders Summit in Brisbane next year.

Australia’s B20 contingent will be led by Wesfarmers chief executive Richard Goyder.

Mr Crane said he was honoured that the prime minister invited the CBH Group to play a role in the B20.

“As members of B20 Australia, we will lead business engagement and coordinate the communication of international business priorities to the G20,” he said.

The CBH group is the only participant on the B20 Australia Leadership Group representing the agriculture industry and is the first to represent co-operatives at the meeting.

“It is so important that the agriculture, agri-business and cooperatives have a voice in this discussion,” Mr Crane said.

“It is great having a strong Western Australian voice leading these discussions; we have a great opportunity to focus government discussion on topics that support trade, engagement and industry growth through advising the G20.”

This year, the B20 will focus on four key policy areas: financial growth; human capital; investment; and infrastructure and trade.

Two Rio Tinto board members will be represented at the B20, with chief executive Sam Walsh and managing director David Peever attending.

Business leaders with prominent connections in WA, including Seven Group Holdings executive chairman Kerry StokesBHP Billiton chief executive Andrew Mackenzie, and Shell Australia country chair Andrew Smith will also be a part of the group.

Other Australian business leaders attending the B20 include Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce and Leighton Holdings chief executive Hamish Tyrwhitt.

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