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Graham Fountain has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS). 

CAMS announced today that Fountain will commence his new position on the 18th of June 2007.  CAMS President Colin Osborne said that an extensive search had been undertaken and was delighted to secure such an extremely well qualified new CEO to lead CAMS into the future. 

"The quality of applicants for the position were of an exceptionally high calibre and we are pleased to be able to make such an outstanding appointment," said Osborne.  "Graham comes to CAMS following many years of service with Victoria's Country Fire Authority (CFA) in a diverse range of senior operation and management positions including his most recent role as Deputy Chief Officer where he was responsible for managing the Emergency Management portfolio. 

"Similar to CAMS, the CFA is an incredibly complex organisation with a broad range of stakeholders and Graham's leadership skills and previous experience operating at a senior executive level is extremely relevant in the context of CAMS. 

"His comprehensive experience in dealing with not only senior volunteers who are passionate about what they do, but also with professional organisations including government and other commercial entities, will no doubt prove invaluable to CAMS." 

Fountain also acknowledges the many similarities between CAMS and the CFA. 

"Coming from an organisation which has one of the largest volunteer bases in the world and being involved in all facets of that organisation from volunteer to senior management level, there is definitely a strong synergy between both CAMS and the CFA and I look forward to leading an organisation that has such dedicated members and volunteers," said Fountain. 

"The CAMS brand is something of which all members and stakeholders should be incredibly proud to be associated with, and this will be one of my major focuses during my tenure at CAMS. 

"There are undoubtedly many challenges that lay ahead which will inevitably involve change and innovation, and this is something that we must all embrace as we look towards the opportunities that are presented to the organisation. 

"I am approaching the task with great enthusiasm and look forward to supporting all CAMS members and the sport by contributing positively to a reinvigorated organisation with a unified vision." 

Finally, Colin Osborne paid tribute to fellow Director on the Board of CAMS, Bob Glindemann, who stepped down in late 2006 to guide the organisation as its Acting CEO over the past several months.  Osborne said he looked forward to Glindemann being able to resume his duties on the Board of CAMS following this new appointment. 

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