Trade and Competitiveness Minister Craig Emerson today announced the appointment of Bruce Gosper as the next Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade).
Mr Gosper, who will start on 1 February 2013, has worked extensively on Australia's trade and commercial relationships, both in Australia and overseas. He is currently a Deputy Secretary with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).
In announcing Mr Gosper's appointment, Dr Emerson congratulated and thanked Peter Grey, the outgoing CEO. He will retire on 1 December, after more than 40 years of government service.
Before becoming Austrade CEO, Mr Grey served as Ambassador to Japan; Ambassador in Brussels with responsibility for the European Union, NATO, Belgium and Luxembourg; and Ambassador to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva. He had been appointed Deputy Secretary to DFAT in 1994 and concurrently was Chief Trade Negotiator and the first Ambassador for APEC. Earlier in his career, Mr Grey had responsibility for a range of commercial issues at the Australian Embassies in Washington and Tokyo.
At Austrade, where he has been CEO since January 2010, Mr Grey has developed and implemented the most far-reaching reform in more than two decades.
"Under Peter's direction, Austrade's resources have been more keenly focused on helping Australian businesses break into frontier and emerging markets, particularly in Asia," Dr Emerson said.
"This shift in focus fits with the vision set out in the Government's Asian Century White Paper."
Mr Grey has also made a huge contribution to strengthening Austrade's governance arrangements.
Mr Gosper brings a wealth of experience in trade negotiation to Austrade.
As Deputy Secretary with DFAT, he is Australia's senior trade official, with oversight over all multilateral, regional and bilateral trade negotiations. Prior to that he was Ambassador to the World Trade Organization, where he was also Chair of the WTO General Council and the WTO Dispute Settlement Body. Mr Gosper has been head of DFAT's Office of Trade Negotiations, an adviser to the Minister for Trade, and held senior diplomatic appointments as Minister (Commercial) in Washington, and Agricultural Counsellor in Tokyo. He previously worked on trade and commercial issues in the Department of Primary Industries and Energy and the Department of Trade and Resources.
He is a graduate of Macquarie University and the University of New England.
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