Dean Kirkwood has been appointed general manager for Resource Industry Network and is due to officially start in the role in early November.
Mr Kirkwood started with the organisation last year as the Mackay-Isaac-Whitsunday METS SME Export Hub manager.
He took on the acting general manager role after Adrienne Rourke resigned in May after six years as RIN general manager.
RIN chair David Hartigan said Mr Kirkwood had a strong background in the resources sector and was well known among the industry in the region.
“Dean will continue to manage the Export Hub, as well as oversee the management of RIN and building the cooperative’s strengths through member engagement and by connecting buyers, government stakeholders and the community,” Mr Hartigan said.
Mr Kirkwood said he was looking forward to the new role and working with RIN members and the METS community.
“RIN has built an exceptional reputation for representing its members and telling the many success stories of the sector” he said.
“I’m excited to be leading the organisation into a new phase as it prepares to celebrate 20 years in 2021, ensuring this region’s engineering and heavy industrial capabilities continue to grow and be celebrated.”