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Linfox CEO joins conversation about ASEAN challenges and opportunities

  • Posted on Tuesday 11th, June 2019.

Linfox International Group CEO, Greg Thomas, recently participated in a panel discussion about the importance of Australian businesses in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

The Australian-Thai Chamber of Commerce (AustCham Thailand), with AustCham ASEAN, the Australian Mission to ASEAN and the Australian Embassy Bangkok, announced on 28 May the official launch of the 2019 Australian Business in ASEAN Survey at the Hyatt Regency Bangkok Hotel.

AustCham Thailand President, Wayne Williams, AustCham ASEAN President and Brenton Mauriello opened the panel presentations, which was followed by a presentation from special guest Ambassador to ASEAN, Jane Duke, who discussed findings of the ASEAN Business Survey and its implications alongside Thomas.

AustCham ASEAN produces an annual survey report that aims to provide insights into the confidence and plans of the Australian business community in southeast Asia.

Thomas is responsible for leading supply chain operations in six countries across South East Asia as well as expanding the company’s footprint in the region. He joined Linfox in 1995 after several years working in audit and advisory roles at KPMG. He worked with the Resources and Industrial business unit before transferring to the FMCG team in 2008. He was appointed President FMCG in 2014.

As President FMCG, Thomas reportedly led strategic initiatives. He also executed the Linfox Healthcare strategy, broadening the company’s customer base and value added services.

He has also managed logistics portfolios for key customers in Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and Hong Kong.

ASEAN is a region of remarkable growth and diverse market opportunities that shares strong complementarities with Australia’s economy, according to Duke.

“Australia is in the top tier of ASEAN’s partners, allowing Australian business to capitalise on the strong ties we have built with ASEAN economies over several decades,” she said in the foreword of the Australian Business in ASEAN Survey 2019 released in March.

“Last year’s ASEAN-Australia Special Summit heralded a new era of engagement. Leaders, Ministers and CEOs from across the region met in a number of events in Sydney in a historic moment for ASEAN-Australia relations.

“Over 100 of the region’s top CEOs attended the Business Summit, agreeing recommendations to Leaders to take the ASEAN-Australia economic relationship forward into the next decade.

“Since the Special Summit, Australia and ASEAN governments have built on its success by
developing practical cooperation in a range of priority sectors such as Digital Trade Standards and Infrastructure.”

Transport and logistics accounts for five per cent of Australian businesses operating in the ASEAN region.

The majority of the Australian business community in ASEAN maintain Australian ownership, with 35 per cent exclusively Australian owned, and a further 22 per cent maintaining some Australian ownership. Almost a third of respondents in the survey had no history of Australian ownership in their company.

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