Marie Ritchie, CEO of Pharmaceutical Defence Limited (PDL) and Company Secretary of PDL and the Australian Pharmaceutical Publishing Company (APPco), has announced her retirement at the end of 2016 after 22 years of service with PDL and APPco.
Chairman of PDL Dean Schulze praised Ms Ritchie for her significant contributions to PDL, APPco and the pharmacy profession at large over many years.
“On behalf of the Board of PDL I am very pleased to thank and commend Marie for her 22 years of outstanding and dedicated service” he said.
“Marie broke the glass ceiling at PDL when she stepped up from her executive officer role to become PDL’s first Chief Executive Officer. It came at an important time in the history of the organisation and Marie’s stewardship was a crucial stabilising force while PDL and the pharmacy profession confronted significant change.”
“On a personal note, I will miss her wise counsel and personality. As many people within the pharmacy profession will attest, Marie is a great person to be around. She has the rare quality of being able to conduct the serious nature and responsibility of a leadership role with a lightness of being that others gravitate towards.
“PDL will miss her greatly, as will many in the pharmacy profession.” said Mr Schulze.
Ms Ritchie said she was grateful for her time with PDL and the many achievements that the organisation had accomplished during that time.
“I thank PDL’s Board for their confidence and giving me the opportunity to lead one of pharmacy’s cornerstone organisations. I also thank and appreciate the many good people I’ve worked with and met while serving the pharmacists of Australia. Pharmacy is a great profession and it has been a privilege to meet and work with so many outstanding dedicated people.
“Although I am retiring, I do look forward to maintaining the many valuable friendships I’ve made while working with PDL and the pharmacy profession,” she said.
Many of those friends won’t be surprised to learn that Ms Ritchie has eschewed putting up her feet entirely in retirement by accepting an appointment to the board of Kooweerup Regional Health Service.
In January 2017 former General Manager of Guild Insurance David Brown will take on PDL’s CEO role.
Mr Brown worked as General Manager of Guild Insurance for 16 years and during this time worked closely with PDL. He was then appointed General Manager and National Manager of Insurance House Group before becoming CEO of Hospitality Employers Mutual Limited.
“David brings with him a wealth of industry experience and already has a head start in understanding PDL as both a pharmacy support organisation and a business. We warmly welcome him to the organisation and look forward to an exciting year ahead,” said Mr Schulze.