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New CEO appointed at BlueCross

Victorian aged care provider, BlueCross, has appointed Ingrid Harvey as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), taking over from former CEO Rob Putamorsi who finished up in the role in February.

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Ingrid Harvey has been named the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Victorian aged care provider, BlueCross,[Source: Supplied]

Ms Harvey has been acting CEO since Mr Putamorsi departed, she has previously been working as the Chief Operating Officer at BlueCross since 2019.

Looking forward to building on the work of Mr Putamorsi, Ms Harvey says she is delighted and excited to be appointed the CEO of BlueCross.

"We have an incredible community at BlueCross, committed to continuous improvement and placing those we support at the centre of everything we do," Ms Harvey says.

"With many great initiatives underway, it will be an exciting time for the organisation."

Founding Board Member of BlueCross, David Eccles, says the appointment of Ms Harvey was a testament to her strong leadership and skill within the organisation.

"Over the past few years, Ingrid has been instrumental in our response to the pandemic, demonstrating a calm and compassionate approach and prioritising the safety and wellbeing of residents, their families and staff," says Mr Eccles.

"Prior to joining BlueCross, Ingrid held various senior management positions, including in the health, retail and customer service sectors. We expect this varied experience and her thoughtful approach will be valuable assets to lead the next chapter in the BlueCross story."

In addition to a new CEO, the current Chair of the BlueCross board, Dr Julie Caldecott, has resigned after nearly five years of service.

The BlueCross board and executive team thanked Dr Caldecott for her contribution to the organisation, noting that she played a significant role in the business's response to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety and was committed to coaching and building a strong leadership team.

Mr Eccles says, "She has left a legacy of ensuring quality clinical governance and her efforts, integrity and commitment to residents, families and staff, has been exemplary.

"BlueCross is committed to having the right skills and experience on the Board and has immediately commenced the search to fill this important role of independent Chair."

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