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Valentina Tripp appointed managing director of Fluidra APAC

February 27th, 2024

Valentina Tripp has been appointed to the role of managing director of Fluidra APAC, effective February 29, 2024.

Tripp replaces Stephen Matysiak, a 32-year Fluidra veteran who led the company’s ANZ, Asian and South African businesses since 2014. He has taken the decision to explore new opportunities.

Tripp says that Matysiak’s unwavering commitment, passion for people and wealth of experience was pivotal in shaping Fluidra’s success in the region, leaving the business in excellent financial health with a strong plan for future growth and a positive outlook for the regional industry.

“Stephen’s enduring legacy of continuous improvement and excellence will continue to inspire and guide the company,” she says.

Tripp is an experienced leader with a diverse 30 year career in Australia and internationally across food, agriculture and water industries. Most recently she was CEO of Davey Australia.

She is eager to build on Fluidra’s strong foundations and lead the team into a new era of growth and innovation with fresh perspectives and innovative strategies.

“I am honoured and excited to join the Fluidra family,” she says. “I look forward to working with our team and customers on shaping the next chapter of Fluidra’s story, finding innovative ways to accelerate growth in the region.”

Tripp will work alongside Matysiak over the next month to ensure the leadership transition is seamless.

The executive team supporting Tripp has more than 100 years combined experience in the Australian pool industry and remains committed to maintaining Fluidra’s market leading position in the region.

“We are used to change at Fluidra,” says Jonas Ryberg, marketing and R&D director at Fluidra ANZ.

“In fact, learning to adapt to change is one of our core values. Over the years, we have become pretty good at responding to change – whether internal or external in nature. This latest change will ensure that we don’t become complacent, and that we continue to look for new opportunities to grow and improve,” he says.

By Chris Maher
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