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Leigh HarryThe Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) announced that its chief executive officer will resign to accept the role of CEO of Tourism Victoria and deputy secretary, Tourism and Aviation, Department of Business and Innovation.

Leigh Harry has been the chief executive of the MCEC since 1989.

“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,” said Leigh. “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.”

“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, Ms Asher said. “Tourism is a crucial Victorian industry and his experience will be invaluable in the years ahead.”

Recruitment for the MCEC’s new chief executive has commenced, however, during the interim period, the MCEC’s deputy chief, Leighton Wood will be acting chief executive.

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