Emma Harrington

Standards Australia names new CEO

Standards Australia has appointed Emma Harrington as its new Chief Executive Officer. Former CEO Adrian O’Connell advised the Board and members last year that he would be retiring in 2024.

Harrington has an extensive background in strategy innovation and transformation across a range of organisations, including senior leadership roles at the NRMA, Foxtel, Yahoo7, and Seven West Media. She also has board member experience, including time on the boards of ADHD Australia, the Electric Vehicle Council, Chargefox and Club Assist.

O’Connell is supporting Harrington in a swift and smooth transition to CEO. Standards Australia says that O’Connell, together with his leadership team, have built the foundations of a more customer-focused organisation that is delivering even greater value to the Australian community.

The quick transition will assist new leaders in driving the business initiatives that are planned for 2025.

As a powerful advocate for organisational collaboration, diversity, equity, inclusion and empowerment; Harrington has a track record of pioneering outcomes, including the NRMA’s first female roadside patrol and tow operators in its 102-year history.

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