Austrade buys into a most undiplomatic mess with CEO’s ‘brutal’ demise


The reasons for Stephanie Fahey’s unexpected departure previous month are juicy subjects among buddies and foes. But according to insiders, the organisation was still left in chaos.

Former Austrade CEO Stephanie Fahey

When Austrade’s performing chief govt Tim Beresford took queries right after his 1st (online) “town hall” assembly 3 weeks ago, the first was whether or not he could give the organisation’s 500 or so workers any additional information about why Stephanie Fahey abruptly “quit” as main government on June 12.

He demurred, boasting, in outcome, he had been the final to know. Not anyone at Austrade thinks him.

Fahey — who was brought in from top rated 4 consultancy Ernst & Young’s (EY) education division in 2017 to operate Australia’s federal government trade advertising and marketing arm right after a distinguished educational vocation — was the very first woman in the purpose and gained the gig on the back again of a promise to overhaul the fusty bureaucratic agency and drag it into the 21st century.





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