Former Macquarie University CIO and current Intersect Australia CEO, Marc Bailey, is leaving his post at the research accelerator in 2020.\nBailey was also a CIO50 judge for CIO Australia the past three years.\nIntersect chair emeritus professor, Mark Wainwright, expressed his thanks and support for Bailey\u2019s decision to leave the position.\n\u201cMarc has, as in everything he tackles, given his total commitment to the company, made a tremendous impact on Intersect and on the Australian e-research agenda, and he leaves with the goodwill and full support of the board,\u201d Wainwright said.\nBailey, who\u2019s also the former CTO of Objective Corp, first joined Intersect in 2014.\nSince then, the company has refined its mission to \u2018research faster;\u2019 expanded its membership and operations into four states; created dozens of high tech products, applications and services; trained over 10,000 researchers; served over 200 million hours of supercomputing; created over 15PB in research storage and implemented a successful user-pays business model for research cloud computing.\n\u201cMy respect and heartfelt thanks are extended to our teams of scientists and engineers that get up each day to make a difference for research,\u201d Bailey said.\n\u201cOur staff includes some of the finest people I\u2019ve had the privilege to serve with. I could not be more grateful for their care, commitment and adaptability - or their willingness to go the extra mile, every time, frequently against adversity or convention.\u201d\nWestern Sydney University chief information and digital officer, and CAUDIT NSW chair, Kerry Holling, said Intersect is a unique and vital piece of the Australian research landscape.\n\u201cMembers like Western depend on it for essential e-research services through non-traditional delivery vectors,\u201d Holling said.\n\u201cMarc understands the value of mutually beneficial negotiations, has seized every opportunity to increase yield, and set a very high bar for customer service. Our commitment to Intersect will endure, though we will miss his innovative approach.\u201d\nProfessor Wainwright said during Bailey\u2019s tenure Intersect private sector engagement has flourished with partnerships and projects with Platform9, AWS, Google, Microsoft, Macquarie Cloud Services, Hitachi Data Systems, HPE and Dell Computer. Governmental and NGO relationships have expanded or strengthened with sixteen Government entities, AARNet, NCI, the AAF, ARDC and CAUDIT.\n\u201cOur strong and growing University member base may rest assured that commitment to and momentum of broadening and deepening of these relationships will continue even as we bid a fond farewell to Marc.\u201d\nAsked what\u2019s next for Bailey, he said he has a deck to paint, a family vacation to take, and then \u201cwatch this space\u201d in 2020.\n\u201cIn 2014, we set out on what I imagined would be a three year mission for scientists and researchers. Before I blinked almost six had flown by. Our company is in an excellent financial and strategic position, so the time is right for me to pass the baton with confidence.\u201d\nBailey will formally conclude his role by Christmas though will be retained in an offline advisory capacity to the chair. The board is appointing an interim CEO and will begin an executive search for a replacement in 2020.\nIntersect (intersect.org.au) is a pivotal accelerator of Australian research and scientific productivity.\nIt has provided robust, innovative and collaborative technology and services to speed up world class research at its member organisations since formation in 2008.\nProfessional scientists and engineers deliver high performance computing, storage and analysis platforms, software engineering, training programs and consulting to thousands of researchers and consumers every year.\nMembers and customers include universities, government departments and innovative corporations across Australia, served on-campus and from offices in Sydney and Melbourne.