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Another Renewal SA boss goes


The state’s troubled urban renewal agency Renewal SA is searching for its fourth boss in just 12 months, with acting CEO Mark Devine quitting for a private sector role.

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The State Government will advertise for a permanent replacement, after parting ways with former CEO John Hanlon in July.

Hanlon had been on leave since September last year, along with fellow executive Georgina Vasilevski, whose current employment status is unknown despite numerous requests for clarification over several weeks.

Hanlon was originally replaced by corporate service manager Damian De Luca, but he was in turn replaced by Project Delivery mentor Devine.

The former Renewal SA executive team.

In a statement today, Planning Minister Stephan Knoll told InDaily: ​“Mark Devine has gone from strength to strength in his time at Renewal SA and has truly had a positive impact on that organisation.”

“Mark has shown tremendous leadership and stability since stepping into the Acting Chief Executive role,” he said.

“I sincerely thank Mark for his service and what he has been able to achieve for the betterment of South Australia.

The circumstances of Hanlon’s departure have been the subject of robust exchanges in parliament, with Knoll confirming only that the former CEO had been “on leave” and his contract not renewed.

The agency is in a state of flux, with recent board shakeup seeing the departure of Labor-appointed chair Bronwyn Pike, along with ALP veteran Terry Groom, former Adelaide Airport boss Phil Baker and property consultant David McArdle.

Pike was replaced as chair by high-profile corporate advisor Con Tragakis, with Anne Skipper, Phil Rundle and Kimberley Gillan joining the board.

An ad seeking a new Renewal SA chief executive, to be published tomorrow, says the successful candidate would provide “an inspirational leadership style reflecting integrity, transparency, probity and engagement with a wide customer base, combined with experience as a champion of change and innovation”.

“Extensive knowledge of contemporary urban infill development and its relationship with economic and social development goals will be assumed, as will experience in managing and delivering on major urban development projects,” the ad reads.

“This is an outstanding opportunity to derive immense satisfaction from seeing the practical results of high-performance team leadership.”

InDaily has sought comment from Devine.

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