The Diversity Council Australia Board has started succession planning to replace Chief Executive Officer Nareen Young following her decision to step down from her role in 2014 to pursue board and executive opportunities. Nareen has been CEO of DCA since 2007.
Six years ago, the DCA Board charged Nareen with rebuilding the DCA to a flourishing independent, not-for-profit organisation aligned to the contemporary needs of Australian workplaces. During her tenure, Nareen has transformed the DCA into the pre-eminent diversity advisor to business and workplaces.
Nareen has also been highly influential in thinking and practice on diversity, playing a significant leadership role in advocating the productivity benefits and commercial returns of diversity in the workplace. Her leadership has been recognised with a number of government and corporate appointments and in 2012 she was named by the Financial Review and Westpac Group as one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence and by ‘Daily Life’ as one of the 'Twenty Most Influential Female Voices of 2012'.
With world class research, deep technical expertise and practical solutions for members, DCA is now well positioned to continue to drive the broad diversity agenda in corporate Australia.
The Board will now commence the task of searching for Nareen’s successor and work with her on an orderly handover at an appropriate time.