Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) chief executive officer Brenda McGahan has informed the AWI Board she intends to resign from her CEO position.

McGahan's decision had been brought about by her frustration at the ongoing differences of opinion amongst members of the board particularly since its AGM, a statement said.

AWI chairman Wal Merriman said that while he was disappointed McGahan was not staying on in the role, he understood her rationale for leaving.

"I know of no better advocate for the wool industry in Australia than Brenda McGahan," Merriman said.

"I know I will be just one of many woolgrowers who will be disappointed at Brenda’s decision. She created a great sense of excitement and hope for the future of the wool industry in what has been a very tough environment over the past couple of years."

Merriman said McGahan had agreed to stay on as CEO until a suitable replacement had been appointed to facilitate a seamless handover.

"Brenda has achieved a great deal in her time with the business including the successful outcome of the 2009 Wool poll, the partnership approach to integrated marketing with both trade and consumer, and reduction in overall costs of $25m as well as generating a general sense of unity amongst growers across Australia," he added.