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Founder and Managing Director of RØDE Microphones, Peter Freedman, was today appointed a member of the Order of Australia in the General Division, in recognition for significant service to business, manufacturing and export, and his philanthropic support of cultural events.
He is joined in this achievement by some of Australia's most renowned scientists, sporting legends, philanthropists and entertainers.
The Order of Australia was established by Her Majesty the Queen in February of 1975, as an Australian society of honour for the recognition of achievement or service to the community at large. It is considered to be one of the very highest acknowledgements that Australia can bestow upon an individual.
“To be recognised at the highest level, by the greatest country in the world, and for work within an industry you love, is--for me--the pinnacle of success.” Commented Mr Freedman, following the announcements of today’s awards.
“To say I am honoured, and so very humbled, is an understatement” he continued.
As a multiple Australian Export Awards winner, Sydney-based RØDE has in recent times been hailed as a leader in the Australian manufacturing sector by many of the country’s most senior politicians and leading academics, with its sustainable high-tech approach setting an example for the future of Australian manufacturing. In addition, the company has been widely acclaimed by leading international associations and institutions for its outstanding innovation within design and manufacturing.
Mr Freedman’s involvement in initiatives such as the Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Center (IMCRC), and Microsoft’s “JoinedUp Innovation” initiative has seen him regularly invited as presenter and opinion leader to prestigious educational institutions both locally and internationally.
With a passion for the arts and a love for his home city of Sydney, Mr Freedman is a sponsor of the renowned Sydney Festival, and a founding member of the festival’s 40th anniversary fund which has been established to nurture Australian musicians and artists.
Outgoing festival director, Lieven Bertels, commented: “I am extremely thrilled with this long-overdue recognition of Peter’s work in an industry I’ve always been passionate about myself. His help towards Sydney Festival has made a huge difference in our 40th anniversary celebrations this year.”