Rob Fitzpatrick has tendered his resignation as CEO of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), with a new search currently underway for his replacement.
Fitzpatrick will leave his post on 23 November to pursue a new opportunity with an early stage Australian technology start-up, according to a media statement issued by AIIA.
Before taking on the CEO post in February 2016, prior to that, Fitzpatrick was the director of infrastructure, transport and logistics for National ICT Australia’s (NICTA), now known as Data61.
In addition. previous roles included being part of the leadership team of online grocery business ShopFast.com.au, and eight years with global strategic consultancy, McKinsey & Company - he was also a director of Intelligent Transport Systems, Australia.
"Rob has served with integrity, passion and resolve for more than two and a half years to successfully further the objectives of the AIIA to represent and advocate for technology-led innovation in Australia’s digital ecosystem,” AIIA chairman, John Paitaridis, said.
"On behalf of the AIIA Board, members, partners, staff and volunteers, we thank him for his service and wish him all the best in the next chapter of his career.
"The AIIA has never been more critical to Australia’s future. As technology transforms every aspect of our lives, the AIIA’s mission is to work with industry and government to help shape policy and encourage investment and collaboration in Australia with a strategic focus including skills, innovation and digitalisation of the economy.”
In reflecting on his time in top job, Fitzpatrick said AIIA has worked to put a multi-year strategic plan in place to bring the technology industry together, while also driving a policy-focused agenda.
Furthermore, Fitzpatrick said AIIA has built "strong and positive relationships" with corporations during his tenure, alongside recognising and supporting digital innovation through AIIA’s iAwards program.
"I am committed to a seamless transition phase over the next few months to ensure my successor and the AIIA have the greatest opportunity for continued success,” he said.