Margaret Staib Spearheads Leadership Team as ALC’s New Independent Chair

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The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) proudly announces the appointment of Air Vice Marshal Margaret Staib AM CSC as the Independent Chair, commencing 16 February 2024. The ALC is not just appointing a distinguished leader but is also reshaping the face of the logistics industry with a deeply experienced leadership team committed to driving innovation, efficiency, and sustainability.

Staib is an accomplished leader with expertise spanning defence, national security, transport, logistics, aviation, aerospace, cultural change, and organisational transformation.

Staib began her illustrious career as a military logistician with the Royal Australian Air Force, rising to the rank of Air Vice Marshal. Noteworthy achievements during her military service include serving as Commander Joint Logistics and Commandant of the Australian Defence Force Academy.

Recognised for her exceptional service, Margaret was honoured with the United States Meritorious Service Medal for her work on supply chain transformation at the Pentagon and the Conspicuous Service Cross for outstanding achievement supporting military aviation.

Transitioning from the military, Staib led significant transformations as CEO and Managing Director of Air Services Australia, focusing on air safety, navigation technology, and cultural change. Staib continues to excel as a Non Executive Director.

In April 2020, Margaret was appointed as the Australian Government Freight Controller in her capacity as Air Vice Marshal (Reservist), overseeing the International Freight Assistance Mechanism, a crucial COVID-19 response program. In addition to facilitating outbound airfreight, Staib prioritised securing inbound freight, including critical medical supplies and personal protective equipment, in the national interest.

Staib’s distinguished educational background includes a Business Degree, Master of Business Studies (Logistics), and Master of Arts (Strategic Studies). She is a member of the Order of Australia, a finalist in prestigious awards like the Telstra Business Women’s Awards (2012) and AFR 100 Women of Influence (2012).

Previously, Staib held directorial positions at the Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation and the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, among others, showcasing her commitment to public service and leadership.

Maintaining her ties to the defence community, Staib served as the Northern Territory Defence and National Security Advocate and chaired the Strategic Defence Advisory Board for the Chief Minister of the Northern Territory. She also contributed as a non-executive director of Chief Executive Women and ACT Chapter Chair.

The ALC's visionary step doesn't stop at the appointment of Staib. The ALC has committed to fostering a deeply experience supply chain and freight logistics leadership team, emphasising the importance of knowledge and expertise in steering the supply chain and freight logistics industry towards a dynamic and sustainable future for Australia.

[ALC CEO – Dr Hermione Parsons's Quote]
"We are on a journey of exciting opportunity and transformation for Australia’s end to end supply chain and freight logistics industry.

The appointment of Margaret Staib as our Independent Chair marks the beginning of an exciting chapter for the ALC.

I want to take a moment to express our sincere gratitude to outgoing Independent Chairman Philip Davies for his extraordinary contributions to the ALC and the industry, particularly during the challenges posed by COVID-19.

Under his leadership, the ALC navigated unprecedented challenges and emerged stronger.
Now, with Margaret at the helm, and our commitment to a deeply experienced leadership team, we are poised to build on this foundation and drive the industry forward.

Together with the ALC Board, we believe strong leadership and advocacy is key to unlocking innovation and resilience across the logistics industry."

[Quote from Air Vice Marshal Margaret Staib]
"I am honoured to take on the role of Independent Chair at the Australian Logistics Council and working closely with the ALC Board, Council and CEO.

The ALC's commitment to building a deeply experienced leadership team sends a powerful message about the importance of expertise in driving industry progress.

I am excited about leading this dynamic team to progress the ALC's strategic goals which include fostering innovation, sustainability, and positive change in the supply chain and logistics industry for Australia's prosperity.

My background in military logistics, coupled with executive leadership roles, has equipped me to understand the complexities and opportunities in the supply chain and logistics industry.

Together, with our talented team, we will navigate the evolving industry landscape and contribute to shaping a future where the Australian supply chain and freight logistics sector thrives in a dynamic and ever-changing

Staib's appointment reaffirms the ALC's dedication to fostering collaboration between industry, government, and the broader community to address the challenges and opportunities facing Australia’s supply chain and freight logistics industry.

This strategic move by the ALC underscores the organisation's dedication to creating a more inclusive and
representative industry. From the Minister down, the ALC aims to set an example for the broader supply chain and freight logistics community, encouraging a paradigm shift towards a more diverse and dynamic workforce through the ALC’s Wayfinder Program.


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