Global cleaning association ISSA has appointed Lauren Micallef as its new Oceania manager.
Micallef takes over from Kim Taranto who joined the Oceania team at the time of its launch in Australia in November 2016.
Commenting on Micallef’s appointment, Dianna Steinbach, vice president international services, ISSA, said: “We are excited to welcome Lauren to the ISSA team and look forward to her valuable contribution toward the association’s continued growth and support of the Oceania professional cleaning industry.”
Micallef will be based in the Sydney office and work closely with Steinbach and Vernie Navarro, ISSA Oceania’s membership coordinator.
“Kim Taranto has brought so much to her work in the local cleaning industry and to her role for ISSA. At the same time, she has grown wonderfully in new skill sets and strengths during her time with us. Now, it’s time for her to take advantage of a truly amazing opportunity that she simply must not ignore. In fact, I couldn’t be happier for her to pursue her new position with International Cycling Executives,” said Steinbach.
Outgoing Oceania manager Kim Taranto said: “I’m very passionate about ISSA and the foundation I have helped to build in this region. I’m happy to work with Lauren in the coming weeks to ensure she has all the information, guidance and tools to help her continue the growth of the association.”
Local team continues to grow
ISSA has also appointed Carolyn Journeaux of Fame Group, to provide part-time project management for ISSA Oceania, specifically in the area of business programs and education development. Her focus will be expanding services and programs ISSA offers its members and the industry.
Journeaux has had experience helping associations in the FM and cleaning contract industries, having previously worked with the BSCAA Victoria, as well as other sectors.
ISSA also plans to hire an additional membership support person in the coming months to meet the growing demand of its expanding Oceania membership.
“While we are sad to see Kim go, we have big plans for the region that are already in motion. We intend to make worthwhile all of her hard work and passion for the cleaning industry and ISSA, by continuing the plans she started with a strong team dedicated to the same vision of helping change the way the world views cleaning,” Steinbach said.