Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) head Dr Stephen Gumley has announced his resignation, effective immediately.

Dr Gumley was the Australian Government's highest paid public servant, on a salary of more than $730,000. He had led DMO as its first chief executive for more than seven years but he had been under significant pressure for months over delayed defence projects and acquisitions, particularly the poor maintenance record of Australia's navy supply ships - none of which were available for service earlier this year when Cyclone Yasi hit Queensland.

At the end of a recent parliamentary update on Australia's role in Afghanistan, Defence Minister Stephen Smith announced the sudden resignation.

Rio Tinto has appointed John Varley, the former chief executive of Barclays, as a non-executive director to its board of directors in the UK and Australia, commencing on September 1.

The Victorian Health Minister David Davis has announced the appointment of eight new members to the board of the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation.

Doctor Suzanne Hill has been appointed as the new chair of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC), the independent advisory group which recommends listing of medicines on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).

One of the world's outstanding engineering schools, the Melbourne School of Engineering, is inviting applications for up to fifteen continuing appointments from engineering scholars of international distinction, committed to excellence and innovation in education and research.

BRW has published its 2011 Rich 200 list, with Hancock Prospecting’s Chairman Gina Rinehart, the first woman to top the list in its 28-year history, recording a personal worth of $10.3 billion.

The Productivity Commission is to undertake a study focusing on effective identification of regulatory reform opportunities and the evaluation of reform outcomes.

The federal government’s corporate law advisory council, the Corporations and Markers Advisory Committee (CAMAC), has announced its recommendation to only announce take-home pay packets for the nation’s executives.

Distinguished former head of the Sydney Opera House, the Australia Council and Sydney Theatre Company, Michael Lynch has landed the chief executive role of Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District Authority.

KPMG has appointed Michael Andrew as the firm’s newest Chairman, the first to hold the role from the Asia Pacific region in the company’s history.

The NSW Government has reportedly poached NZ AAPT chief executive, Paul Broad, to head up the state’s new infrastructure revitalization project.

Almost half of all executives surveyed in Executive Monitor’s latest report indicated they are planning to look for a new job in 2011, despite only 22% of the participating executives saying they are dissatisfied with their current employment.

The Chief Executive of the South Australian Environmental Protection Authority Helen Fulcher has advised the SA Government she will retire when her contract ends on August 31 this year.

The Greens have announced their push for salary cap of just under $2 million for the nation’s executives, bringing the cap to around 30 times the country’s average salary.

A push by the Greens to cap the salaries of the nation’s executives is threatening to derail the Federal Government’s ‘two-strike’ test pay package reform.

Professor Peter Shergold AC, has been appointed incoming Chairman of the Board of the NSW Public Service Commission.

Skills shortages are continuing to have a significant impact on business performance in New South Wales, according to the recently released NSW Business Chamber - Commonwealth Bank Business Conditions Survey for the March 2011 quarter.

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