AIM makes its presence felt on international stage

AIM Chief Executive Officer Vivienne Anthon FAIM represented the Institute on the international stage when she ventured to a major management conference in India in April.

IN FINE COMPANY: Vivienne Anthon FAIM, seventh from right, at the Managing India Awards which honoured that country's best managers

Ms Anthon attended the biannual meeting of the Asian Association of Management Associations (AAMO) which is the Asia-Pacific
regional body of the World Management Council in New Delhi. The trip provided Ms Anthon with an amazing opportunity to engage with management leaders of the Asian region and to attend the Managing India Awards presented by the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee.

AAMO delegates from Australia, New Zealand, Macau, Hong Kong, Singapore, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Malaysia and Sri Lanka shared ideas and initiatives to support managers and their productivity.

"The Management Associations in many of these nations are large and influential organisations," Ms Anthon said."The All India Management Association (AIMA) has 64 local management associations under its auspices and has an important role to play in advocacy and policy."

AIMA arranged hospitality and site tours for the delegates including a tour to Maruti Suzuki – a joint initiative of the Suzuki Corporation and the Indian government and one of the largest car manufacturers in Asia. The trip doubled as an opportunity to attend the Managing India Awards which honoured some of the most well-known names and companies in India.

"I was very much looking forward to this event," Ms Anthon said. "AIM Qld & NT has long been committed to an awards program and I was keen to be part of the program at a sister association."

The award recipients were some of the most impressive leaders in the country and included companies such as Hero MotoCorp Ltd, Reliance Industries Ltd, Tata Motors and Titan Industries.

Ms Anthon said she hoped to host her Indian colleagues at the 2013 Australian Institute of Management Excellence Awards in Brisbane in November. "We have invitated the India Management Association to come to Brisbane to experience and judge our awards in November this year," she said.

No trip to India would be complete without a visit to the stunning Taj Mahal.

"My fellow AAMO delegates and I stood in the 45 degree heat awaiting a turn to have the definitive Princess Diana photograph taken," Ms
Anthon said."I am happy to say mission accomplished."