LEIGH Harry has resigned as chief executive of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC). He will take on the role of CEO, Tourism Victoria and deputy secretary, Tourism and Aviation, Department of Business and Innovation from September 23, 2011.
Harry been chief executive of MCEC since 1989.
Louise Asher, Victorian minister for Tourism and Major Events, said: “Leigh has overseen the development of MCEC into a world-class convention and exhibition centre, from the time it was a building site in 1989 to today, when it has become one of the world’s leading convention and exhibition destinations.”
“Tourism is a crucial Victorian industry and his experience will be invaluable in the years ahead.”
Bob Annells, chairperson, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Trust, said: “Leigh has been integral in placing Melbourne and Australia on the world stage for meetings and events, and is a well-known ambassador for the business events industry.”
Recruitment for MCEC’s new chief executive has commenced. During the interim period, MCEC’s deputy chief, Leighton Wood, will be acting chief executive.