Founding CEO of the National Office for the Information Economy (NOIE) Dr Paul Twomey has resigned from his government appointment to take up a position in the private sector.
Dr Twomey, whose resignation is effective from July 24, did not disclose details of his new appointment but will continue in a part-time government role as chairman of an advisory committee for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).
Dr Twomey has been CEO of NOIE since it was set up in 1997 as the lead commonwealth agency for information economy issues, Internet and e-commerce policy.
While a spokesman for the Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Senator Richard Alston, said the appointment of a new CEO will be announced shortly, industry bodies sought reassurance that the replacement would maintain NOIE's open door policy of coregulation and cooperation.
Dr Twomey was well-regarded by industry, and executive director of the Internet Industry Association (IIA) Peter Coroneos said he hoped the replacement would be of "equal stature" with the same level of global diplomacy skills.
"I cannot over-emphasise the need to have credible, articulate advocates acting on our behalf internationally; Dr Twomey was outstanding in this area and we hope his replacement is of equal stature," Coroneos said.
During his term at NOIE, Dr Twomey established a national strategic framework for the information economy and played an active role in the development of the Electronic Transactions Act, Digital Copyright Act and the Privacy Bill.