The Real Estate Institute of Australia has announced the appointment of Anna Neelagama as its new CEO.
Ms Neelagama is replacing the outgoing Jock Kreitals, who spent five years as CEO and 12 years in total with the REIA.
“Earlier in the year REIA embarked on a recruitment process for a new CEO and we received over 100 applicants for the role,” REIA president Adrian Kelly said.
“We eventually decided upon Anna and I’m delighted to announce her appointment.
“Anna definitely is experienced in the areas of policy and advocacy which amongst other facets, are crucial focuses that REIA works within for the benefit of all estate agents and their employees across Australia.
“I’d also like to acknowledge the outstanding leadership provided by our former CEO, Jock Kreitals, in particular for his steady hand this year in navigating our organisation and the wider industry through the current COVID pandemic.
“I look forward to Jock continuing to contribute his knowledge and experience to the REIA.”
Ms Neelagama said she was thrilled to take on the role.
“I see real estate businesses as the heart of every Australian city and town, and a major contributor to the economic and social wellbeing of this country,” Ms Neelagama said.
“This is why I am so excited to work with the REIA Board, members and Australian agency profession to tackle the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for the property sector in the post-pandemic world.
“We have a great opportunity to facilitate national solutions to policy that will benefit REIA’s members and the Australian economy.”