After competitive international searches CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, has announced two key leadership appointments.

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Professor Jon Whittle will take up the role of Director Data61, CSIRO’s data science arm, from July. Professor Whittle is a world-renowned expert in software engineering and human-computer interaction, with a particular interest in IT for social good.

He is currently Executive Dean of the Faculty of Information Technology at Monash University and Founding Co-Director of the university-wide Monash Data Futures Institute, which is leading applied AI research in health sciences, sustainable development, and policy and governance.

“Professor Whittle’s work is highly interdisciplinary, making him an excellent fit for CSIRO and our connected, multidisciplinary approach to solving the greatest challenges,” CSIRO Chief Executive Dr Larry Marshall said.

“Since we created Data61 as part of Strategy 2020, CSIRO has become home to Australia’s leading data science and innovation group, partnering with government, industry and academia to solve Australia’s largest data-driven challenges underpinned by deep science and technology.

“Jon is well placed to take CSIRO’s digital journey into its next phase, maximising the opportunities that digital and data science can deliver for the nation, and the world."

Dr Simon Barry will take up the position of Deputy Director Data61.

After outperforming a global pool of candidates, Dr Marcus Zipper has also been appointed as CSIRO’s Director of Manufacturing. Dr Zipper has held a number of senior leadership roles at CSIRO over a distinguished 15-year-period, including Director of the Challenges and Digital Transformation program, and Director of CSIRO Services.

In addition to an impressive CSIRO career, Dr Zipper has extensive experience with a range of industries and sectors, where he has lead teams responsible for business development, commercialisation and strategy development and implementation.

“Marcus is well-positioned to help Australia harness the many opportunities for growth in Australia’s manufacturing industry,” Dr Marshall said.

Dr Zipper will commence in the role mid-year when long-standing director Dr Keith McLean steps down from his role, before retiring from CSIRO after a distinguished 31-year career.

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    Dr Marcus Zipper has been appointed as CSIRO’s Director of Manufacturing

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