Ben Rimmer has been selected as the new chief executive of the City of Melbourne following a global search sparked by the retirement of Dr Kathy Alexander.
Mr Rimmer, who will commence the role from 9 February 2015, was most recently associate secretary, service delivery transformation at the federal Department of Human Services, and prior to that department secretary, strategic policy and implementation in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. He also has experience in the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet, and the Boston Consulting Group, and is a Rhodes scholar.
“I am pleased that the role of CEO of the City of Melbourne attracted an extremely strong field of candidates and among those Ben Rimmer was the standout choice,” Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said.
“Ben brings extensive government and private sector experience to the role and is widely acknowledged as one of the finest thinkers in public policy in Australia. More recently, he has been hands on in the practical business of delivering better government services, especially using new digital technologies.
“I am confident that Ben will be a CEO of vision, intellect and hard work. He is an inspirational leader and we are delighted to welcome him home to Melbourne.”