The Boating Industry Association of Victoria (BIAV) has appointed Steve Walker as its new CEO. Walker, previously general manager of commercial and government for Australian Sailing, will start in January 2018.

“We have been very fortunate to secure the services of Steve to lead the BIAV,” says Mark Crockford, BIAV president, in a statement. “Steve’s experience and successful interaction with all levels of the boating industry and his personable style will be well received by all who he deals with.”

Walker has been involved the Victorian boating industry, especially in the strategic, commercial and member service aspects of associations. Before Australian Sailing, Walker was CEO of Yachting Victoria and, before that, CEO of Tennis New Zealand.

The BIAV has been searching for a replacement for former CEO Steven Potts, who left the position nearly a year ago. Walker will replace John Temple, who accepted a 12-month contract in March this year to review the association's operations and processes.

“Under John’s guidance the BIAV posted a substantial revenue increase from the Melbourne Boat Show and enabled the Association to record a solid financial turnaround and profit for the financial year just ended,” says Crockford.