The chief executive of the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, Professor Geoffrey Garrett has welcomed the appointment of John Olsen AO as Deputy Chairman and CEO of the American Australian Association in Sydney.

As Australian Consul-General in Los Angeles and then New York, Olsen developed the highly successful G’Day USA program. Previously, he was Premier of South Australia and a Senator for South Australia in the Federal Parliament.

Professor Garrett said that the Centre offered Mr Olsen its congratulations and looked forward to working with him on the wide range of matters of mutual interest.  “John’s successes and experiences at the highest levels of politics and diplomacy in both Australia and the US will be invaluable to the American Australian Association, a key partner and stakeholder of the Centre,” he added.

Mr. Olsen said he looked forward to building even stronger and broader ties between Australia and the United States. “The AAA has earned an exceptional reputation as a not-for-profit providing valuable linkages between business, government and our two nations,” he said.

The role the AAA and its outgoing chief executive Geoff Gray was also acknowledged by US Studies Centre and AAA chairman Malcolm Binks. “We owe Geoff a great deal for his enthusiasm and good judgment” said Mr. Binks.

The American Australian Association Ltd is affiliated with the American Australian Association Inc, New York, the largest privately funded organisation devoted to building the strategic alliance between the United States and Australia, and one of the members of US Studies Centre Ltd.


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