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AFC Announces Appointment of Leila Naja Hibri as CEO Elect

The Australian Fashion Council (AFC) is delighted to announce the appointment of Leila Naja Hibri as its CEO Elect effective February 2020.

by The AFC

8 November 2019



The Australian Fashion Council (AFC) is delighted to announce the appointment of Leila Naja Hibri as its CEO Elect effective February 2020.


Leila Naja Hibri was ratified as CEO Elect by the AFC Board and will succeed current CEO David Giles-Kaye.

AFC Co-Chairs Edwina McCann and John Condilis said Naja Hibri was chosen because of her excellent track record in business, her passion for learning and mentoring and the leadership she has demonstrated in the industry.

The Board is excited to work with Leila in bringing new creative and business opportunities to the industry and to see her applying her expertise and passion in growing Australian brands in export markets while advocating for equal opportunity and diversity in business.
— Edwina McCann, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Australia
This appointment marks an exciting new chapter for the AFC. The Board is looking forward to working with Leila to further develop the value of the organisation to the broad Australian fashion industry and to its purpose of supporting the growth of people and organisations that make it up.
— John Condilis, Managing Director of Nobody Jeans

Naja Hibri, who until recently, was the General Manager at Australian fashion accessories label Helen Kaminski and a Member of the Board of Directors of HKJC - a Tokyo based joint venture company with Yagi Tsusho Limited, has a background in Economics and Accounting and over 15 years’ experience in luxury and premium brand management and development across APAC, Europe and North America. She has worked with organizations such as Arthur Anderson, The United Nations, Prada and Luxottica and led teams in Sydney, Auckland, London, New York, Hong Kong and Tokyo. 

Naja Hibri has been actively involved with the AFC since its inception and was invited to join its Board of Directors in 2018.

I have had the privilege of experiencing and participating in what the AFC can provide to the industry in general and to its members in particular.
With the support of its world class Board and the very talented AFC team, I am looking forward to building on the great work of David Giles-Kaye in furthering the voice of Australian Fashion locally and globally.
My priority when I start will be to meet with members and other industry stakeholders to understand how the AFC can further evolve and continue to support the design and textile industries to grow and thrive sustainably.
— Leila Naja Hibri

Join Dave Giles-Kaye in conversation with Leila Naja Hibri at our upcoming AFC Industry Session in Melbourne on the evening of Tuesday 12th November.

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