As Australia's main scientific research organization, Australian businessperson and philanthropist Simon McKeon will take over the CSIRO reins on June 28, 2010.
Dr. John Stocker is CSIRO's current chair. Although stepping down on June 27, Dr. Stocker will continue to provide services to CSIRO.
Upon his appointment as CSIRO head, Mr. McKeon is the executive chair of the Melbourne office of the Macquarie Group.
As a businessperson, McKeon is also the president of the Australian Takeovers Panel, a statutory dispute resolution body for Australian public company takeovers.
He is also the chair of MYOB, a software specialist company, and a solicitor with the Sydney office of Blake Dawson (previously called Blake Dawson Waldron).
As a philanthropist, McKeon was a 15-year director of World Vision. Some other volunteer work performed by McKeon include being a heroin addict volunteer, and chair of the Association of Independent Schools Victoria and the Point Nepean Trust.
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