Industrial Research Limited chief executive Shaun Coffey has signalled his departure from the CRI, and plans to step down come January 31.
"After careful reflection, I have decided to pursue new career directions. In the last week the position of Industrial Research Ltd (IRL) as a significant contributor to the NZ innovation system has been further acknowledged through a series of awards and medals, including one of the PM’s Science Prizes [to industry and outreach fellow Shaun Hendy].
"IRL is now well recognised for its work with industry. I am confident that I will be leaving IRL in a sound state and well positioned for the future."
He added that the establishment of Callaghan Innovation, the new agency that will replace IRL, is a "major challenge, and I pass on my best wishes to all involved in achieving a successful outcome".