Fujitsu General has appointed Sarah Gatehouse head of people and culture for Australia and New Zealand.

Gatehouse is the first female to become a member of the executive team in the history of the company in Australia.

This represents a significant shift towards the growing diversity of Fujitsu General and its focus on fostering an inclusive corporate culture. It is also a momentous appointment in a traditionally male dominated industry, the company said in a statement released today.

“Gatehouse has worked with Fujitsu General Australia since 2014 and during that time has energised significant cultural change taking engagement levels from disengaged to engaged,” the statement said.

“This has included key initiatives such as team building, training and development, and talent identification. She has also driven workplace transformation initiatives including greater flexibility and benefits, and policy development.

Fujitsu General Australia and New Zealand managing director, Philip Perham, said Sarah is an exceptional leader who has an in-depth understanding of the organisation, its people and the community they serve.

“Her promotion will ensure our people have a strong voice of representation at an executive level along with her contribution to agile projects,” Perham said.

“This new approach provides Fujitsu General with an outstanding team of leaders, who have extensive knowledge of the air conditioning industry and its people.

“This appointment will drive our employee and talent development programs and cement Fujitsu General’s position as an industry leader.”

Gatehouse will be supported by Darrin O’Brien, who has been appointed to the newly created role of people and culture manager – Australia and New Zealand.  As people and culture manager, O’Brien will enable Gatehouse to transition into her executive role and take over daily operational activities.

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