Dr Alan Finkel has, with considerable regret, tendered his resignation as Chair and Board Director of Speedpanel so that in January 2016 he can commence a full-time role as Chief Scientist of Australia. This is a full-time contract with the Commonwealth of Australia, in respect of which Dr Finkel is relinquishing all of his existing institutional, corporate governance and management roles.
Speedpanel Directors have found it a pleasure and honor to have Dr Finkel as part of the Company and are certain that Dr Finkel will make a significant contribution to the research and innovation agenda in Australia. Dr Finkels’ resignation will be effective 31 December 2015.
The Board has appointed (and the Annual General Meeting has ratified the appointment of) Mr Ron Lazarovits to the Board and Chair effective 1 January 2016. Speedpanel’s Board welcomes Ron and thanks him for taking on this new role with the Company. Ron is the founder of the Friendly Group, the operators of the Greenhouse Backpacker chain. As well as being an accomplished businessman Ron has a strong academic background with a Master of Science, Applied Mathematics from the University of Oxford. Ron’s knowledge and intellectual strength will be a great asset to Speedpanel as it plans its strategy and executes on its current growth plans.