PRIA hunt for new CEO after departure of Catriona Barry in February

PRIAThe Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA) is currently on the hunt for a new CEO, following the departure of interim CEO Catriona Barry in February.

The departure of Barry came after the ousting of national president Terri-Helen Gaynor by Mike Watson in  February which subsequently saw the national board resigned en masse.

The industry body is currently advertising the position with the new CEO to be tasked with building their “strategic services and member engagement”.

The new CEO will “need to have strong leadership skills for our team of full-time staff and 85 senior volunteer council, committee and board members serving over 2,000 individual members in corporate, non-profit and government organisations and more than 120 consultancies”.

Reporting to the national board, the successful application must have “demonstrated results building member services and engagement”; “exceptional communication skills” and “Terrific team management and a positive can-do hands-on approach”.

They will be responsible for supporting “the board in developing and deploying a five year strategy”; “maintaining the reputation of PRIA nationally and internationally” and recruiting, supervising and motivating “PRIA employees and volunteers”.

Barry took the role in January of 2013 on a temporary basis but was asked by the previous board to stay on while they searched for a new CEO she had been expected to stay on until the end of the financial year.

In March the PR body appointed a second interim CEO Graham Le Roux, who is also the managing director Constantia Management Group.

PRIA and its national president Mike Watson has yet to respond to requests for comment about the timeframe for a new permanent CEO to be appointed.


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