Destination Gold Coast (DGC) has appointed Patricia O’Callaghan as the new CEO, effective 23 November 2020.
The decision follows a four-month recruitment process, in which more than 300 people applied for the role, last held by Annaliese Battista.
O’Callaghan joins the organisation from Townsville Enterprise, where she was CEO for six years.
Destination Gold Coast chairman Paul Donovan said the board of directors chose O’Callaghan after an extensive and competitive selection process.
“Ms O’Callaghan will build on the current strong position of DGC and the City of Gold Coast, through a focused approach on our future strategies and plans,” he said.
“Key factors in the appointment of Ms O’Callaghan were her vision for the city, proven deliverables in facilitating the concept to completion of major infrastructure projects, and strong leadership skills.”
O’Callaghan said she is excited about taking on the role and is eager to work with stakeholders to rebuild the visitor economy.
“Whilst we have many challenges ahead, there are also opportunities that can help us come out of this crisis even stronger than before,” she said.
“Welcoming as many Australians as possible to the Gold Coast now and into the immediate future is critical.
“We will also ensure there is a sharp focus on the continued development of experiences and infrastructure investment to optimise the benefits for our city’s businesses, residents, workers and other key stakeholders.
“I will be proud to call the Gold Coast my home and look forward to working collaboratively with our members, the City of Gold Coast, Queensland and Federal Governments, and our many partners, to rebuild and grow our wonderful city.”
O’Callaghan will commence her duties in early February 2021.