THE Australian Logistics Council, the freight industry body, is saying farewell to its CEO, Kirk Coningham OAM, whose last day is Monday, 31 May 2021.

The ALC said recruitment for a replacement CEO continues. The ALC Board commended the high quality and volume of talent that is currently progressing through the recruitment process.

While the recruitment is underway, Rachel Smith has been appointed as Interim CEO for ALC.

Ms Smith joined the freight industry body in August 2020 as director – policy and advocacy. With demonstrated success in leadership positions in member organisations, policy and advocacy and business operations, the board is confident in her ability to manage the ALC through this transitional period.

The board commended and thanked Mr Coningham for his leadership of ALC and services to Australia’s supply-chain industry.

“We wish him well in his future pursuits and look forward to making a smooth transition to a new CEO in due course,” the ALC Board said in a statement.

ALC announced Mr Coningham’s resignation at the beginning of March. It said he would “focus on other endeavours” after a “successful and challenging 2020”.

Mr Coningham has been at the helm of the ALC for more than two years. He has guided the organisation through the pandemic-related difficulties all have experienced over the past year.

Mr Coningham joined ALC as CEO in January 2019, taking over from acting CEO Lachlan Benson, who took over when Michael Kilgariff left the role in mid-2018.