IIA lines up replacement CEO

The Internet Industry Association (IIA) has picked up a new CEO, with Steve Burrell set to replace industry veteran Peter Coroneos in September.

The Internet Industry Association (IIA) has picked up a new CEO, with Steve Burrell set to replace industry veteran Peter Coroneos in September.

Burrell, set to start in September, comes to the IIA from the Australian Institute of Company Directors, where he was the head of communications, media relations and policy advocacy.

Outgoing IIA CEO Peter Coroneos welcomed Burrell's selection.

"The board has chosen wisely and well [with] my replacement. Steve's credentials speak for themselves, he really is an outstanding recruit and will be a great asset to the association," Coroneos said in a statement today, while Burrell said that he is looking forward to his new role.

"I will also be doing my utmost to make sure that the industry's voice is heard clearly in the corridors of power in Canberra and internationally on those key policy issues and that we, as an organisation, provide real value for our growing membership by further improving the services we provide," Burrell said.

IIA chair Bruce Linn said that the organisation needed someone to drive forward the momentum built up by Coroneos.

"We believe the association is at an inflection point in its 15-year development where the complex issues of internet policy have become centre stage in the Digital Economy, and having someone of Steve's experience to fill the large shoes of Peter Coroneos is critical to the association's continued development and that of the industry we serve," Linn said in a statement.

Burrell is also a Walkley Award-winning journalist with 23 years experience writing for publications including the Australian Financial Review and the Sydney Morning Herald.

Peter Coroneos announced his retirement in February after 13 years in the top job.