Dr Don Russell was today appointed Chief Executive of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet.

Previously CE of the Department for State Development, Dr Russell was once a key Commonwealth Government adviser to former Prime Minister Paul Keating. He has also served as an Ambassador to the United States and Secretary of the Commonwealth Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education.

Departing CE Kym Winter-Dewhirst stepped down today after two years in the role.