CSIRO Chairman announces extension to Chief Executive contract

CSIRO Chairman Mr Simon McKeon has announced that Chief Executive Dr Megan Clark has agreed to extend her term with CSIRO to the end of 2014.

“The Board has full confidence in Dr Clark and supports the continuing execution of the CSIRO strategy which is focused on answering big questions and increasing Australia’s productivity through the organisation’s world class science capability,” Mr McKeon said.

Dr Megan Clark, Chief Executive and CSIRO Board member.
Dr Megan Clark, Chief Executive and CSIRO Board member.

Under Dr Clark’s leadership over the past four and half years CSIRO has significantly increased its engagement with industry and the community. Dr Clark has set the CSIRO vision of building five global innovation precincts for Australia in plant and agricultural, resource, environmental, human life and materials and manufacturing sciences. She has also led a strong focus on ensuring the safety and welfare of CSIRO people and affiliates and embedding a values-based culture.┬áDr Clark will continue to implement the 2011-15 strategic objectives including providing a platform for the organisation under a future new Chief Executive to lead the development and implementation of the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan.

“I am very proud of the impact that CSIRO is delivering to the nation under Megan Clark,” Mr McKeon said.

“We’ve seen the Hendra virus vaccine developed and brought to market in three years, fast Wireless Local Area Networks are now licensed for use in billions of devices worldwide.These and many other examples are a demonstration of passionate leadership with a deep commitment to applied science.

“CSIRO is well positioned to continue its 87-year role as a trusted advisor to the community, governments and industry.”