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New Executive Director for CRDC: Dr Ian Taylor (7 Mar 2019)

The Chair of the Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC) Richard Haire has today announced Dr Ian Taylor as the organisation’s new Executive Director.

Following a thorough selection process, Dr Taylor, currently CRDC’s Acting Executive Director and General Manager of Research and Development, will commence in his new role this week.   

“On behalf of the CRDC board, I am thrilled that Dr Taylor will step into the role of Executive Director. Ian is the ideal person for the role, having been an integral member of CRDC’s executive leadership team, providing sound guidance and wise counsel to the Executive Director and the Board,” Mr Haire said.

“In his role as General Manager, Ian has overseen CRDC’s investment into cotton research, development and extension (RD&E) for the past five years.

“As evidenced by our CRDC Innovation.Investment.Impact report, just released last week, CRDC plays a key role in ensuring the strength and stability of the cotton industry, delivering real impact for growers, cotton communities and the wider industry.

“Ian’s sound leadership, strong relationships with CRDC’s extensive portfolio of stakeholders, and thorough strategy development – most recently demonstrated through his role in developing the CRDC Strategic RD&E Plan for 2018-23 – will serve CRDC and the Australian cotton industry well.

“One of Ian’s key priorities in the role will be ensuring a strong future for cotton innovation, research and development, in partnership with the industry and in collaboration with our fellow research and development corporations.

“We are delighted to welcome Ian to the role most recently held by former Executive Director, Bruce Finney. Bruce, Ian and I worked very closely together as a leadership team, and I look forward to continuing this strong relationship with Ian –all the while providing a new direction, and a new era, for CRDC.”