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Wilhelm Harnisch steps down as CEO


Master Builders Australia’s longstanding CEO, Wilhelm Harnisch, today announced that he is stepping down from the role of CEO after 15 years at the helm.

Mr Harnisch has been with Master Builders for 26 years, appointed as Chief Economist in 1991, Deputy CEO in 1996, and CEO in 2002.

“It has been a privilege to lead the most influential lobby group that represents the whole spectrum of the building and construction industry”, Mr Harnisch said.

He has been one of Australia’s leading advocates for the building and construction industry, as well as one of its preeminent economists. Mr Harnisch has consistently and strongly advocated for outcomes that address the Master Builders key policy agenda which is to ensure Australia has policies to help business and the economy to grow. The re-establishment of the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) is one of many advocacy successes.

The high regard in which he is held, has seen him appointed to many government and business advisory committees and board positions, including in the international sphere.

Dan Perkins, National President of Master Builders Australia said, “Wilhelm has been a tireless advocate for the building and construction industry and his longevity as CEO is testament to his success.”

“Under his leadership, Master Builders Australia has become a highly influential and effective voice in promoting the building and construction sector for its 32,000 members. His hallmark as CEO has been his passion for the industry, his bi-partisan approach and highly disciplined evidence based advocacy,” Dan Perkins said.

Mr Harnisch said, “I am proud to have played a significant leadership role as one of the nation’s principal business sector advocates, championing the national interest of Master Builders’ 32,000 members and the wellbeing of the Australian economy and its people.”

Dan Perkins, on behalf of the Master Builders Australia’s National Board thanked Wilhelm for tirelessly representing the interests of Master Builders’ employer members with distinction and wished him well in his future endeavors.

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