Greg Johnson, the CEO of the OAA Qld/NT division announced his resignation in July, after more than 11 years in the job.
Mr. Johnson, who lives in Toowoomba and commuted the 100 plus kilometres to the OAA’s headquarters in Brisbane’s Spring Hill, has taken up a position as the CEO of the Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Mr. Johnson said while he was excited about his future, “the saddest thing is leaving the hundreds and hundreds of people I’m in contact with” in the optometry profession.
After emailing members about his departure, and thanking them for their “fantastic support”, Mr. Johnson said he was touched by the response.
…the saddest thing is leaving the hundreds and hundreds of people I’m in contact with” in the optometry profession..
“I got 150 emails in one night and some of them just make you want to cry. But nothing is forever. I’m very excited (about the new job) and very excited about the new challenges before me,” Mr. Johnson said.
Mr. Johnson, who was a regular contributor to mivision magazine, said he had achieved a number of goals since he started with the OAA.
“Therapeutics was probably the main goal. After ten years that was finally achieved. I also leave knowing that we have good relationships with our members, with government and with the opposition and with a range of other stakeholders and organisations,” Mr. Johnson said