Mr Rod McInnes, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Timber Queensland, has announced that he will retire before June 2016.

Timber Queensland, the peak body for the state’s $2.2 billion per annum forest and timber industry, announced this week it will soon seek applications for a new Chief Executive Officer, due to the impending retirement of incumbent CEO Rod McInnes.

Rod McInnes said “After 20 years as the CEO of Timber Queensland and its forebear, the Queensland Timber Board, and now in to my 70th year, it is time to step aside for new and fresh ideas to take our industry forward.”

Mr McInnes’s position in the industry is well-regarded, and his departure from Timber Queensland has been lamented within the industry.

Australian Forest Products Association CEO, Mr Ross Hampton, said “Mr McInnes is highly respected across industry and political circles for his clarity of thought, depth of knowledge, and doggedness in pursuit of the correct outcomes for the industries in QLD.”

In a transition to retirement, from 1 November 2015 Mr McInnes will work a three day week until a new CEO is recruited.

Applications for the CEO position will be called for shortly.