Melbourne’s Federation Square gets new CEO

Melbourne tourist hotspot Federation Square has appointed a new CEO.

Jonathan Tribe, former chief operating officer at Victoria University, has been selected as the new CEO of Fed Square Pty Ltd.

The renowned space, which attracts millions of visitors every year, has 17 places to eat and drink, free Wi-Fi and an ice skating rink during Winter.

Mr Tribe has replaced interim CEO Ron Gauci more than a year after the departure of former CEO Chris Brooks.

The Minister for Tourism and Major Events, John Eren, said Mr Tribe was an excellent choice: “Jonathan Tribe has extensive experience and boasts an astute understanding of both tourism and business development.”

The area is also home to SBS studios and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.

“Federation Square is one of Melbourne’s most iconic contemporary attractions,” Mr Eren said. “It’s a key reason why our visitor economy is so strong.”

Fed Square Pty Ltd’s highest paid executive received between $220,000 and $229,999 for the 2014-15 financial year, according to the company’s annual report, which did not identify the executive. Federation Square was listed sixth in the global top 100 public spaces in 2014. – Photo and report by Matthew Male