The Hon. Kevin Scarce accepts Deputy Chairman role at Seeley International

After having joined the Seeley International Board of Directors in late 2014, former Governor of South Australia, Rear Admiral the Honourable Kevin Scarce AC CSC RAN (Rtd), has been appointed as Deputy Chairman.

Seeley International founder and Executive Chairman, Mr Frank Seeley AM, welcomed Mr Scarce into this key strategic role of Australia’s largest air conditioning and heating manufacturer.

“Seeley International was most pleased to have Kevin join our Board of Directors in December 2014, and we are delighted that he has now accepted the pivotal role of Deputy Chairman because it marks yet another phase in our ongoing evolution,” Mr Seeley said.

“Kevin’s strategic input and wise counsel to our high-powered Board is invaluable, and his integrity, vision, passion and commitment to South Australia mirrors our own core values,” he said.

Mr Scarce welcomed his elevation on the Board of the award-winning manufacturer.

“I am honoured to accept this enhanced role on the Seeley International Board, and contribute further to an organisation that continues to set benchmarks for the industry,” Mr Scarce said.

“South Australian manufacturers can look to Seeley International as an example of how advanced manufacturing can be successful on a national and international scale by being innovative and incorporating automation into production activities,” he said.

Adelaide-born Rear Admiral the Honourable Kevin Scarce AC CSC RAN (Rtd) was the 34th Governor of South Australia from 2007 to 2014. He served in the Royal Australian Navy from 1968, on HMAS Sydney during the Vietnam War and as the Commanding Officer of HMAS Cerberus between 1995 and 1997.

He also specialised in military logistics and procurement, rising to the rank of Rear Admiral and head of Maritime Systems at the Defence Material Organisation. As head of the South Australian Defence Unit, he led a government team that contributed to ASC winning the contract to build air warfare destroyers for the Australian Defence Force.

He was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross in 1994, the Knight of Grace in the Venerable Order of Saint John in 2007 and a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2008.

Rear Admiral Scarce completed a Bachelor of Financial Administration from New England, Masters of Management Economics at the University of New South Wales (Australian Defence Force Academy campus), and a Masters Degree in National Security Strategy at the US War College (National Defence University) in Washington, DC. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Flinders University in 2009 for distinguished service to the public of South Australia and an Honorary Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) from the University of New England in 2014.

In addition to his role on the Seeley International Board, Mr Scarce is also the 16th Chancellor of the University of Adelaide, Chair of Cancer Council SA and President of Novita Children's Services.

About Seeley International

Seeley International is Australia’s largest air conditioning manufacturer and is market leader in the design and manufacture of ducted and portable heating and cooling products for the domestic, commercial and industrial markets in Australia.

Renowned for its innovation, Seeley International’s brands include Breezair, Braemar, Coolair, Convair and Climate Wizard. Based in Adelaide’s south - and with factories in Adelaide (evaporative coolers) and Albury (gas heaters and commercial cooling) - the company was founded in 1972 by Frank Seeley AM, who remains Executive Chairman.

Unlike many of its competitors, Seeley International continues to design and manufacture most of the components for its Australian-made products, which it exports to more than 120 countries around the world. More information about Seeley International and its products can be found at


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