Technology professional group the Australian Computer Society today announced Rupert Grayston as interim CEO as a search for a permanent CEO continues amid reports of an attempted leadership spill.

Grayston (pictured above) replaces longtime CEO Andrew Johnson who announced his resignation in July after six years at the helm including a turbulent last 12 months. Johnson continued as CEO until this week.

On Tuesday InnovationAus reported ACS president Dr Ian Oppermann is calling on his own National Congress to support a vote of no confidence against the organisation’s Management Committee, which effectively controls the 48,000 member-based organisation.

Opperman, also the NSW government chief data scientist and UTS professor, was elected president in March and this week sent a critical letter to ACS national congress calling for more transparency from management, an independent audit, and a vote of no confidence in the ACS management committee, according to InnovationAus.

ACS declined to comment on the reported leadership spill.

The failure of the management committee to appoint an interim CEO for months was reportedly a contributing factor to the Opperman’s rebellion but there are also concerns of workplace culture, and employee safety.

As InnovationAus Editorial Director James Riley reports, “Much of the internal brawling at the ACS dates to the fallout from a proposed restructure last year from being an incorporated association in the ACT to become a Company Limited by guarantee.”

InnovationAus says it has been threatened with legal action by the ACS over its continued coverage of the ugly internal stoush.

New interim CEO

New interim CEO Rupert Grayston joined ACS in July 2018 as Director of Professional Standards & Assessment Services

“I’m excited to be leading ACS during this interim period as we undertake the search for a new CEO,” Grayston said.

“My experience in association management and strategy, as well as a thorough working knowledge of the dynamics of membership organisations, puts me in a strong position to look after the professional home for Australia’s ICT sector.”

ACS says a global search for ACS’ permanent CEO is continuing.

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