Australia: Michelle Aquilina named chief executive of Smiles Inclusive

In a rapid promotion, Australian dental group Smiles Inclusive has appointed Michelle Aquilina as chief executive.

The former chief executive officer of Primary Dental, the dental division of the ASX-listed Healius and who has 30-year experience in the industry, was appointed deputy chief executive officer at the end of March.

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She replaces Tony McCormack who has stepped down.

“Tony agreed to help the business at a difficult time inheriting an exceptionally difficult set of circumstances and a very hostile environment. His leadership, knowledge, skills, unwavering diligence and hard work has resolved many significant issues, contributed to improvements in the company’s systems and processes and enabled a better understanding of the elements needed for the sustainable success of the Smiles business model,” said chairman David Usasz.

Michelle’s appointment is the next phase in the recovery of the business. Notwithstanding the challenges that the current Covid-19 crisis represents for the business the company is taking this opportunity to undertake a recovery plan for post the Covid-19 environment, resetting the organisation’s strategic growth plan,” he added.