7 February 2024

NZ retail boss to lead Canberra Business Chamber

| Ian Bushnell
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New Canberra Business Chamber CEO Greg Harford. Photo: Canberra Business Chamber.

The head of New Zealand’s peak retail body will be moving to Canberra with his family to take the reins of the ACT’s business lobby.

The Canberra Business Canberra says Retail NZ chief executive Greg Harford has been appointed as the new CEO to replace Graham Catt.

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Mr Harford is an experienced associations leader, advocate and communicator.

He previously ran Going Digital, the highly successful program to transition New Zealand to digital television.

He is also experienced in international relations, corporate affairs, strategy, marketing and policy, and has worked in both government and the private sector.

Mr Harford has been at Retail NZ for nine years and has been an advocate for the industry and businesses during some of the most challenging times in recent history, including the COVID-19 pandemic.

A regular visitor to Canberra over many years, Mr Harford is committed to driving the economic prosperity and growth of the ACT.

Canberra Business Chamber says he will be working closely with chamber members and stakeholders in the Canberra business community to support its growth and transformation.

“I am honoured to be given this opportunity to lead the Canberra Business Chamber, and I look forward to working with our members and stakeholders,” Mr Harford said.

“Canberra is a great city with lots to offer and I’m really excited about my new role and working with businesspeople across the ACT.”

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Chamber chair Archie Tsirimokos said Mr Harford was an experienced leader.

“His leadership will be instrumental in representing Canberra business in furthering the strategic direction of the Chamber,” he said.

Mr Harford will take up the role at the end of July.

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