State lobby body Grains Producers SA is on the hunt for a new chief executive officer following the resignation of Caroline Rhodes from the role.
Ms Rhodes will leave the organisation later this year to pursue other opportunities.
GPSA chair Adrian McCabe paid tribute to Ms Rhodes' service to the group since her appointment in April 2018.
"Caroline has transformed the organisation into a professional advocacy group, representing the interests of South Australian grain producers with distinction," he said.
"We are well placed heading into the 2022 state election, given the standing GPSA now has with all sides of politics.
"Her crowning achievement was leading GPSA's advocacy to repeal the moratorium on genetically-modified crops across mainland SA after 16 years, with growers being able to access GM seed for the first time this year.
"This was a hard-fought campaign which secured bipartisan support and the backing of industry groups from across Australia."
Mr McCabe also paid tribute to her role in the launch of the SA Gain Industry Blueprint last year.
"GPSA has now established a clear purpose and a bold vision to create a $6 billion industry, with the opportunity for new leadership to make their mark on the organisation going forward," he said.
Mr McCabe said there had also been a focus to improve GPSA's operations and governance during Ms Rhodes' tenure, including constitutional changes adopted by members two years ago.
"GPSA's corporate branding, office accommodation and internal structures were all refreshed, while new projects were initiated despite poor seasons impacting revenue," he said.
Ms Rhodes thanked the GPSA Board for the opportunity to serve as CEO during the past three years and for backing the development of the GPSA Emerging Leaders program.
"I have enjoyed the challenge in leading GPSA and I am immensely proud of my legacy as CEO, building a great team of people to help the industry prosper," she said.
GPSA will now engage an external firm to recruit a CEO, which is expected to commence immediately.
Further information about the role will be made available on the GPSA website.
- Details: grainproducerssa.com.au
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