Media Release: Bruce Djite new CEO of Committee for Adelaide

8 June 2021

Former Socceroo and Director of Football at Adelaide United, Bruce Djite, has been appointed the new Chief Executive Officer of the Committee for Adelaide, starting his new role in July.

Committee for Adelaide Chair Professor David Lloyd said Mr Djite was chosen from a pool of outstanding candidates and while the professional footballer was most known for his on-field endeavours, it was his off-field achievements that had most impressed the Board.

“Bruce has strong networks and relationships across sport, government, media, business, diplomats, not-for-profits and community-based organisations, all of which will help to write a new chapter in the Committee’s history,” he said.

“His career has spanned five countries across three continents and includes several years’ experience in leadership, strategy, advocacy and business development. Bruce is committed to high performance and team work and we have no doubt he will continue to grow the Committee for Adelaide and cement its reputation as a trusted, credible and independent voice for Adelaide and South Australia.”

Part of a committee for cities and regions network extending across Australia and New Zealand, the Committee for Adelaide brings together organisations that are committed to using their networks, experience and expertise to help shape a more prosperous future for South Australia.Its members include some of South Australia’s most influential organisations ranging from big businesses such as BHP, Santos, Thomas Foods, Deloitte, KPMG, PwC and Westpac through to universities and organisations drawn from a broad spectrum including the arts, high-tech and youth representatives.

Paying tribute to outgoing CEO Jodie van Deventer, Professor Lloyd said the Committee for Adelaide had more than tripled in terms of membership and revenue under her leadership.

“Over the past five years, Jodie has led the organisation through three chairs and four boards and done an outstanding job building the Committee for Adelaide into an organisation that is respected by political, community and business leaders and diplomatic representatives across the globe,” he said.

Professor Lloyd said among the Committee’s many achievements, it had helped shift the national energy debate, taken a lead role on nuclear and laid the groundwork for a new narrative for Adelaide interstate and overseas while its Boards without Borders program had created new investment opportunities and Adelaide Abroad program was helping attract, retain and connect skilled migrants and expats.

“Bruce is a highly respected and trusted professional who I have no doubt will continue the exciting and important work of the Committee for Adelaide and we can’t wait to begin working with him,” he said.

DETAILS: Jodie van Deventer, CEO, Committee for Adelaide on 8410 5301