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Michael Bennett has been elected the new chair of the Australian Refrigeration Council Board.

He was elected at ARC's annual general meeting last week.

Bennett replaces outgoing chair and RACCA president, Kevin O'Shea.

Bennett is well known as the general manager of Refrigerant Reclaim Australia (RRA).

Since RRA’s commencement in 1993, Bennett has overseen the collection and disposal of over 7,000 tonnes of waste and unwanted ozone depleting and synthetic greenhouse gas refrigerants.

His hands-on experience working with industry, government and the ARC provides him with a unique and vital perspective on the refrigeration and air conditioning industry which will guide his stewardship of the Board.

In addition, the ARC welcomed Larry Moore of the National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA), Brett Meads, of the Vehicle Air Conditioning Specialists of Australia (VASA) and John Khoury from the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) to the Board.

On behalf of the Board, Bennett thanked O’Shea for his outstanding efforts leading the ARC Board over the past four years.

ARC also acknowledged the efforts of outgoing Board members Ian Stangroome and Brenton Kaitler who also stepped down after reaching their term limits.

The ARC Board consists of three directors responsible for the stationary sector and three directors responsible for the automotive sector.

The ARC CEO is the executive director.

As reported exclusively in CCN, the RRA is looking for a new general manager to replace Bennett.

He will step aside redirecting his focus to more specific programs and initiatives such as research into residual refrigerant charges in the split AC sector and enhanced training initiatives with TAFE.

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