New chairman appointed for CSIRO

29-06-2010

Mr Simon McKeon has been appointed Chairman of the CSIRO Board.

Mr McKeon brings executive experience in a wide range of public and private sector organisations to the Board. He is currently the Executive Chairman of the Melbourne Office at Macquarie Group.

Announcing the appointment, Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr said Mr McKeon’s background in business, law and high-profile aid organisations make him ideally suited for the position.

“We are very lucky to have someone of Simon McKeon’s calibre as the new Chairman,” Senator Carr said.

“His extensive knowledge and experience will add to the depth of experience already represented on the CSIRO Board.

“His ability to combine financial expertise with philanthropic pursuits gives him a perspective that will be of great benefit to CSIRO. He will help set the future direction of Australia’s pre-eminent research organisation.”

Mr McKeon is also the founding President of the Australian Takeovers Panel, Chair of MS Research Australia, Chairman of Business for Millennium Development, Director of VisionFund International, Director of the Global Poverty Project and Director of Red Dust Role Models. He is a dedicated sailor and helmsman of the world’s fastest sailboat, the Macquarie Innovation.

Mr McKeon will take up his position for five years.

He succeeds Dr John Stocker, who completed his term on June 27.

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