Albany Chamber of Commerce and Industry appoints new CEO

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Benita Cattalini in her role as Albany Step Up Step Down service manager .
Camera IconBenita Cattalini in her role as Albany Step Up Step Down service manager . Credit: Albany Advertiser, Laurie Benson, Albany Advertiser

Benita Cattalini has been announced as the new chief executive of the Albany Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Ms Catallini, who moved to the Great Southern two years ago, has filled a variety of roles in State and Federal government, business and the not-for-profit sector.

She most recently helped established Neami’s Step Up Step Down mental health service in Albany.

“I’m delighted to be appointed,” Ms Catallini said.

“In regional areas, business is such an important part of the community.

“Not only is it the lifeblood of many families — it supports schools, community groups, sports, events, tourism and so much more.

“I’m really looking forward to working with the team at the chamber and the board to keep building what I believe is the most exciting, interesting and beautiful region in WA.”

Ms Catallini’s appointment was the result of a selection process which saw a field of 24 applicants whittled down to a final trio of candidates.

Those three candidates were invited to present to the ACCI executive committee, which was bolstered by City of Albany chief executive Andrew Sharpe and Great Southern Development Commission chief executive Bruce Manning.

The committee was unanimous in endorsing Ms Catallini.

Her appointment comes after a tumultuous period for the ACCI, which last year went through three chief executives and a president.

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