New CEO for the Royal Australian Mint

January 3, 2010

Acting RAM CEO Mr Graham Smith was kind enough to speak to us on New Years Day at the mint regarding his future plans. After CEO Janine Murphy fell ill more than a year ago Mr Smith stepped up as the acting CEO of the RAM. Janine's passing in September 2009 has meant that a new more permanent CEO will need to be selected but it seems this is a slow process in the public sector.

We are told that early in the new year steps will be taken to appoint a permanent CEO (formerly known as Mint Controller). Whilst Mr Smith will throw his name into the hat, we got the impression from him that a fresh face would be chosen for the job. Mr Smith was positive about the possibility of continuing on as Deputy CEO at the mint.

Let's hope that as changes are made and new ideas and decisions are brought to the RAM that it only benefits the country, the economic climate and most of all the collectors.

We hope that whatever choice is made for the new CEO that they will be open to input from collectors about issues such as:

  • The number and quality of coin issues
  • Allocation of low mintage issues like the Kangaroo at Sunset coins
  • The RAM and portable press attendance at Coin shows

These are just a few of the problems that collectors see that may well be addressed differently as the RAM moves forward into the new decade.

Posted by harrisk at January 3, 2010 8:22 AM
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