Industry stalwart and former CEO of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), Ian Birks, has passed away.\nBirks had a long history in the Australian ICT industry. He was CEO at the AIIA between 2008 and 2011 and also served as chair at the IT Industry Innovation Council between 2010 and 2013. He was most recently the CEO at Australian Services Roundtable.\nBirks spent 25 years between 1987 and 2012 as director of IT industry research firm, Ideas International Limited. Ideas was acquired by Gartner in 2012.\nHe was also a member of the Australian government\u2019s Small Business Ministerial Advisory Council, the CSIRO Digital Productivity Flagship and Services Advisory Committee, and chair of the government\u2019s IT Industry Innovation Council.\nThe AIIA said on Tuesday that Birks \u201cbrought with him stature and integrity, a sharp strategic mind and selfless generosity to his colleagues and peers.\n\u201cIan was more than a colleague, AIIA chair, Kee Wong said in a statement. \u201cHe was an outstanding leader and voice in advocating the role of ICT in driving Australia\u2019s economy.\u201d\n\u201cHis passing is a great personal loss to me \u2013 and of course, a sad loss for the industry,\u201d he said.