Scion Chief Executive announces resignation

18 June 2010

The Chief Executive of Crown Research Institute Scion, Dr Tom Richardson, has announced he will be resigning after 5 years in the role.  Dr Richardson leaves Scion in August to take up the Chief Executive Officer role at Crown Research Institute, AgResearch Limited.

Scion Chairman, Dr Russ Ballard, has advised that the Board will initiate a recruitment process for a new Chief Executive and will announce this in due course. Dr Ballard commended Dr Richardson on his leadership of Scion.

“Tom’s significant contribution to Scion means he leaves the organisation as a strong, robust company that will continue to go from strength to strength.

"Tom will be greatly missed by the forestry industries. He has been an extremely dedicated and professional advocate for our industries, bringing an extensive knowledge of science and technology transfer to the role. On behalf of the board, I heartily thank Tom for his contribution to the organisation and wish him well for his future at AgResearch,” said Dr Ballard.

Dr Richardson said he has enjoyed his tenure as chief executive, and thanked the board and staff for their support over the years.

“The outstanding success of Scion is a tribute to a huge number of people. I have been inspired over the years by the passion, commitment and enthusiasm of the staff at Scion. It has been fantastic to lead such an excellent and motivated group.

“Leaving Scion was a difficult decision for both me and my family, but after 17 years with the institute this opportunity makes it the right time for me to take up a new challenge. I remain excited about what lies ahead for Scion.,” Dr. Richardson said.