Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), CEO, Rob Durie, has announced his intentions to leave the lobby group after 17 years of service.
Durie joined AIIA in 1989 in an industry development role and spent several years as a deputy. He became CEO in 1999. His tenure ends in December.
He said one of the highlights of his time with the association was its overall growth. The AIIA was four times bigger now than when he joined, rising from 100 to more than 400 members. While multinationals had initially represented the lion's share, he claimed about 70 per cent of members now stemmed from local industry.
He said he was also pleased to have been involved with the development of several member programs, such as the iAwards and Software Showcase, which launched in the mid-90s, and the more recent CollabIT partner initiative. He also pointed to the AIIA's many contributions to IT policy as achievements.
"I've had a fantastic time here; I'm still passionate about the job, the association and the industry. I've not had a boring moment. But in terms of my own personal growth I felt it was time for a new challenge and a good opportunity for the AIIA to have a new start."
In a statement, AIIA chairman, Peter Kazacos, saluted Durie's significant contribution to the industry as a whole. He pointed to his efforts in instituting policy changes at a state and federal level and heavy involvement in member programs. Kazacos will now take on an executive role and work with Durie to assist with the transition to a new CEO.
Durie said he planned to have some involvement with the association in the future once his official term was over.
"The first thing I will do is take a break and get to know the family better," he said. "I will be looking at opportunities around helping organisations understand and relate to government."