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Simon McKeon becomes CSIRO head

  • 21 June 2010
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Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has appointed Simon McKeon as its new chairperson.


The CSIRO is the Australian Government's national body for scientific research.

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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According to the Computerworld article 'CSIRO appoints new chairman,' Senator Kim Carr (Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research) commented on McKeon, 'His ability to combine financial expertise with philanthropic pursuits gives him a perspective that will be of great benefit to CSIRO,'

The article goes on to state, '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.'

Mr. McKeon will serve a five-year term, as did Dr. Stocker.


Senator Carr added further comments about McKeon, "His extensive knowledge and experience will add to the depth of experience already represented on the CSIRO Board." [Weekly Times Now: "New chair for CSIRO"]

And, '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.'



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