Cruise Whitsundays finds new CEO
FORMER CEO of Tourism Whitsundays (TW) Peter O'Reilly has accepted a new chief executive role with Cruise Whitsundays, effective from September 1.
Cruise Whitsundays owner Chris Jacobs said the company's current CEO Peter Duncan would be leaving the Whitsundays in January, but would work alongside Mr O'Reilly until then.
Mr Jacobs said Mr O'Reilly had origianlly intended to take a position interstate when his contract ended at TW but that he had taken the opportunity to stay in the region.
"I've had the chance to work alongside him [and] I think he's a good people manager. He obviously knows the region, knows our product and he's a very good fit for the position," he said
Mr O'Reilly, who was originally planning to accept a CEO position with Australian Capital Tourism in Canberra, said he would actually be starting at Cruise Whitsundays next Monday with some "project work".
"Chris basically sold us the vision of where he's hoping to take the region [and] I think that's going to be a wonderful thing," Mr O'Reilly said.
"What I've seen of it [the masterplan] looks really exciting and I'm pleased to be a part of it."
Mr Duncan and his wife Tracey will be going to live in Fiji where Mrs Duncan has a number of retail shops. Mr Duncan will continue to work for Cruise Whitsundays on a contract basis for the forseeable future.
Meanwhile, a decision had not yet been made on Mr O'Reilly's former position.
Acting CEO of Tourism Whitsundays and Enterprise Whitsundays Danielle Seymour confirmed that more than 35 applications had been received from the local area as well as other parts of Australia and overseas.
She confirmed that three of the applicants had been short-listed and that interviews would be carried out next week.