The Internet Industry Association (IIA) chief executive, Peter Coroneos, will retire at the end of June.
In a statement, Coroneos said it had been an enormous privilege to serve this industry for the last 13 years. The incoming 2011 IIA Board will begin a national recruitment program in coming weeks to seek out a replacement.
“When I started in 1997, dial-up services were the norm (though they often dropped out), the dot.com boom was not even a dream, domestic internet penetration was a mere 22 per cent and everyday services like You Tube, PayPal, Google and Facebook didn’t exist,” he said. “Fast forward to 2011, with the internet an essential part of most households, broadband a major election decider, television in decline, traditional forms of music, movie and news consumption changed forever, and you can see what a revolution it has been.”
Coroneos looked forward to maintaining a strong interest in the industry and the IIA, but said that after more than a dozen years in the job it was appropriate for the association to embrace the next phase of its development under new leadership.
IIA Chairman, Bruce Linn, said the move would herald a new era for the association which, under Peter’s leadership has evolved from a narrow sectoral base representing mainly ISPs, to a diversified, influential and highly respected organisation both here and abroad.
“The issues we have confronted as an industry have been complex, sometimes controversial but always central to the ongoing development of the internet in Australia,” Linn said. “We have punched far above our weight, due in large measure to Peter’s passion, commitment and breadth of understanding.”