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    New appointments to MCC Committee

    Jan 05, 2012

    The Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) is pleased to advise that Charles Sitch and Mark Smith have been appointed to the MCC Committee. 

    Mr Sitch and Mr Smith will fill casual vacancies created by the elevation of Michael Happell to treasurer (replacing Michael Andrew, who stepped down in October) and Stephen Spargo to a vice-president position after Bob Lloyd's retirement earlier this year.

    Charles Sitch

    Charles SitchMr Sitch is an advisory director at BKK Investment Bank and a director designate at Telecom New Zealand, which follows a 23-year stint at international management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, including the last 10 years as a director.

    Mr Sitch also acted as an adviser to Melbourne Football Club before serving for three years on its board.

    An MCC member since 1978, Mr Sitch also serves on the Melbourne Zoological Society Business Development Committee and is an adviser to the Australian Bush Heritage Foundation. He is also a member of the Royal South Yarra Lawn Tennis Club, Melbourne Club and Victoria Racing Club.

    Mark Smith

    Mr Smith is chairman of Manassen Foods Group and a non-executive director of both Toll Holdings Ltd and GUD Holdings Ltd.

    He previously held several senior positions during 16 years with the Cadbury Schweppes group, including managing director of Cadbury Confectionery Australia and New Zealand (2001-02) and managing director of Cadbury Schweppes Australia and New Zealand (2003-2007).

    In October 2006, Mr Smith was awarded the Australian Marketing Institute’s Sir Charles McGrath award for his lifelong contribution to the field of marketing. 

    He is a member of the Australian Marketing Institute Business Advisory Board, chairman of the Great Australian Run Ltd, a director of the Humour Foundation and chairman of SIFE Australia Ltd (Students in Free Enterprise). He has been an MCC member since 2001.

    President Paul Sheahan said he was delighted to welcome such highly qualified and well-rounded people to the committee table.

    The MCC Committee now comprises 13 members: Paul Sheahan (president), David Crawford (vice-president), Steven Smith (vice-president), Stephen Spargo (vice-president), Michael Happell (treasurer), David Crow, Peter Dakin, Will Fowles, Jane Nathan, Charles Sitch, Mark Smith, Karen Wood and Ted Yencken.