LIVECORP boss Kevin Sheill will stand down from the role later this year.
The Australian Livestock Export Corporation chief executive officer announced his resignation at a LiveCorp Board meeting in Perth on August 23.
Mr Sheill said after seven years working with the industry through significant challenges and changes, he now considered the timing opportune for him to move on and allow new leadership to take the company forward.
"The industry is heading into a new era with a revised, stronger regulatory framework and a good working partnership with livestock producers," Mr Shiell said.
"LiveCorp itself has a restructured, more independent board with the security of ongoing statutory funding and it is in this context that I have decided it is an appropriate time to stand aside, knowing that new leadership will bring new thinking to the future.
"I have enjoyed the opportunity to work with an industry that has contributed so much to rural Australia in recent years.
"There are still many challenges ahead however I feel the structures and networks we now have in place will respond well."
LiveCorp chairman Roly Nieper said the board was extremely appreciative of the work Mr Shiell had done for the company in guiding its development since its establishment in 1998.
Mr Nieper said Mr Shiell had been instrumental in assisting the industry to face up to some difficult issues, challenges and changes.
He said these challenges had led to a new approach to the business of LiveCorp.
Mr Shiell said he would work with the chairman and board to facilitate a smooth transition to a new chief executive officer.
He has indicated he will stay on at least until the LiveCorp AGM in October, with the final date being by agreement but prior to the end of the year.