CRAIG Doyle will walk out of Kullaroo House as the chief executive officer of the Gladstone Ports Corporation for the last time today.
Mr Doyle started as CEO of the GPC in September 2013 and has seen the construction of three liquefied natural gas plants on Curtis Island, major works at RG Tanna Coal Terminal, completion of East Shores and continued record tonnages.
Originally from Mackay, he will head home this afternoon and start his new job as the Mackay Regional Council CEO on Monday.
Current GPC commercial general manager Michael Galt will step up to interim CEO until a permanent replacement is found which is expected to happen before the end of the financial year.
Mr Doyle said he was leaving to be closer to his children and grandchildren.
"The CEO is leaving but the business continues to function," he said.
"I'll worry about my new job at 7am on Monday."
A major challenge for Mr Doyle was setting up for privatisation under the Campbell Newman Government which didn't eventuate when Annastacia Palaszczuk's Australian Labor Party won the state election last year.
"Preparing for the privatisation was very intense because there was a lot of work to do in a short period of time," he said.
"Absolute credit to everyone at GPC. While it was a stressful time they managed to keep the business running and basically achieved everything we needed to."
His proudest moment was opening up East Shores, which he said typifies GPC's sense of community.
"All the funding and agreements were organised when Leo (Zussino) was CEO and all I did was construct it," he said.
"But the joy you see when the community gets to enjoy something that was a wasteland is very satisfying."
To his credit, he won't be taking in the views from Kullaroo House, he will be "working for GPC until 5pm".
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