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Orana appoints new Chief Executive Officer

Following a comprehensive search, the Orana Board of Directors is delighted to announce the appointment of Mr Jim Liu as the new Chief Executive Officer of Orana Australia Limited (Orana). Jim, a highly experienced senior leader, takes over from Nick Mihalaras, who recently retired after more than 14 years of service. Jim will step into his new role from Monday 31st January 2022.

“We are delighted to appoint Jim as the Chief Executive Officer of Orana and look forward to him leading the Orana team to continue their great work to fulfil their mission to improve the lives of our clients. Jim is no stranger to Orana, having served as Executive Manager – Business Services for the previous seven months. He clearly understands that providing the highest quality services is the only way to provide our clients with a better life in the future” said Orana Chair, Mr David Johns.

Jim brings more than 25 years of experience in senior leadership roles across finance, operational, business development and general management to Orana.


He also holds significant experience in cultural, financial, and organisational transformation, particularly during periods of significant internal and external change. In his previous roles, Jim was instrumental in building a purpose driven and customer focused culture, developing and leading high performing teams, and transforming businesses across a broad range of Industries.

“I am extremely honoured and humbled to be named the next CEO of Orana. I am excited to begin this new chapter with Orana and look forward to leading the organisation, building on the great work and foundation that Nick has established.  I look forward to ensuring Orana continues to create opportunities for people with disability, providing the highest level of support to our clients and further expanding our industry partnerships,” said Jim Liu.

“Jim’s leadership and experience will be invaluable in paving the way forward for Orana. This is an exciting new chapter for Orana, and the Board and staff are eager to work with Jim to ensure that we continue to provide quality services to people with disability. I’ll leave knowing that Orana is thriving, with fantastic, dedicated staff assisting people with disability to be active members of their communities and live their best lives,” said retiring CEO, Nick Mihalaras.

Orana Australia has spent the last 70 years striving to be one of the best disability service providers in metropolitan and regional South Australia. We provide opportunities for people with disability to live and work in their community in the way they choose, through a variety of work opportunities, housing, short-term accommodation, skills development programs, and daily support.


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