The Deputy State Services Commissioner Sandi Beatie has today confirmed that current Ministry for Primary Industries Chief Executive Wayne McNee has resigned to take up a role in the private sector.

"Mr McNee is an effective and highly regarded State sector Chief Executive and, while we are sorry to see him leave, we wish him well for his new role," Ms Beatie said.

"Wayne has achieved a great deal in 14 years as a State sector Chief Executive and we would be happy to see him return to the Public Service in the future," said Ms Beatie.

Mr McNee is leaving the Ministry for Primary Industries to become Chief Executive of Livestock Improvement Corporation.

"He is an excellent leader and the skills he has gained leading and developing large government agencies will stand him in good stead for his new private sector role," she said.

"Movement of talented people between public and private sector organisations helps broaden experience and develop leadership and is good for both sectors," Ms Beatie said.

After becoming the General Manager of PHARMAC in 1998, then Chief Executive of PHARMAC in 2001, Mr McNee became Chief Executive of the Ministry of Fisheries (MFish) in 2008. He was appointed as Chief Executive of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) in 2010 and then as Chief Executive of the Ministry for Primary Industries in 2011, following the merger of MAF and MFish.

Mr McNee is obliged to give three months notice of his resignation.

A recruitment process to appoint a new Chief Executive of the Ministry for Primary Industries will commence in the coming weeks.

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