CSIRO welcomes Kirsten Rose as new deputy chief executive

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CSIRO announced the appointment of Kirsten Rose to the newly established position of Deputy Chief Executive.

In her new role, Rose will shape the strategic direction of CSIRO, leveraging science and technology to drive benefits for the Australian community.

In particular, Rose’s focus will encompass enhancing the agency’s engagement and collaboration within the innovation ecosystem.

She is also poised to spearhead initiatives to streamline operations and foster sustainability, with the aim of amplifying the impact of scientific projects.

Having served as CSIRO’s executive director of Future Industries since 2020, Rose has overseen a diverse portfolio encompassing research in agriculture, food, human and animal health, biosecurity, manufacturing, as well as the management of national scientific infrastructure and innovation-based services.

Dr Doug Hilton, CSIRO’s chief executive, expressed confidence in Rose’s capabilities, citing her track record at the intersection of industry, government, and research.

“Kirsten is an extremely well-respected leader and advocate for the power of innovation and technology to create prosperity for Australia,” remarked Dr Hilton.

“She is known as a leader who inspires, empowers, and collaborates. I am excited to see her bring those attributes to the role of Deputy Chief Executive,” he said.

Meanwhile, Rose expressed her enthusiasm for assuming the new role, underscoring her dedication to merging her passions for purpose-led innovation, people, and partnerships.

“For over 100 years CSIRO has invented life-changing technologies and achieved nation-changing breakthroughs. It will be an absolute privilege to serve as Deputy Chief Executive for this amazing organisation,” she said.

Bringing over 25 years of experience in senior technical and innovation roles across the US, UK, and Australia, Rose previously served as the head of Innovation, Sustainable Operations at BHP.

In this capacity, she held global responsibility for integrating science, technology, and personnel to drive substantial improvements in sustainability-related challenges.

Recognised as a leader in innovation, technology, and gender diversity, Rose is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences & Engineering (ATSE), an active member of Chief Executive Women (CEW), an AmCham governor in Western Australia, and holds various advisory and non-executive director roles.

Rose is set to commence her new role on 20 May 2024.