THE Tasmanian Government last week announced the appointment of the state's first-ever Coordinator General, who will help to streamline the business environment, promote competitiveness and assist with the assessment and approval of investment opportunities.
In a statement, Minister for State Growth Matthew Groom said he was very pleased to announce the appointment of John Perry to the position of Coordinator General, who will commence the Launceston-based role in January 2015.
"Mr Perry, a Tasmanian who is currently based in New York, is a highly experienced international business executive who is extremely well qualified to take the lead on behalf of Tasmania in pursuing and delivering investment in our state," Mr Groom said.
The Minister said Mr Perry's experience across a broad range of industries – including tourism, IT, innovation, business development and higher education – will be a vitally important asset for Tasmania.
Mr Perry is currently employed as Commercial Lead on Atlantic Joint Business, a multi-billion dollar joint venture between American Airlines, British Airways, Iberia and Finnair.
"The Coordinator-General will be an investment ambassador for the state and his office will be very active in chasing investment locally, interstate and overseas, as well as facilitating projects in all corners of our state," Mr Groom said.
"As a proud Tasmanian I'm very excited by this opportunity to help the state attract much needed investment. I'm looking forward to moving home to Tasmania and taking up the role," Mr Perry said.
"Tasmania has identified growth potential in industries and we now need to deliver on that potential. My role will be to ensure that we land investments and create jobs in Tasmania. We will be looking at all potential opportunities across all industries."