Leigh Harry to leave Melbourne CEC to head Tourism Victoria


AUSTRALIA – Leigh Harry has resigned as Chief Executive of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) to take up the role of CEO at Tourism Victoria. He will also hold the title of Deputy Secretary, Tourism and Aviation, Department of Business and Innovation from 23 September 2011.

Tourism and Major Events Minister, Louise Asher MP made the announcement.

“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,” she said.
“Tourism is a crucial Victorian industry and his experience will be invaluable in the years ahead.”
Chairperson, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Trust, Bob Annells added “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.
“On behalf of the Trust I congratulate Leigh on his appointment and wish him all the best for the future.”
“It is with a mixture of regret and great pride that I leave the centre. I am proud of what the team has achieved for Melbourne and Victoria over many years and will miss being part of the group,” Harry said.

“I am pleased that in my new role, business events will continue to be vitally important along with all other aspects of the leisure tourism and major events industries. I am looking forward to taking up the new and critical challenges ahead.”

Harry is Past President of ICCA and heads the Joint Meetings Industry Council.

Recruitment for the MCEC’s new chief executive has commenced, with MCEC Deputy Chief Leighton Wood becoming Acting Chief Executive from 24 September 2011.  

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