The CSIRO is hunting for a new head of its data science arm, Data61, after current CEO Adrian Turner announced he will step down from the role in September.
Turner is a tech entrepreneur who spent nearly two decades in Silicon Valley and will shortly begin a new venture.
He has been CEO of Data61 since 2015.
CSIRO Chief Executive, Dr Larry Marshall, said Turner had made a real impact.
“Adrian Turner has made a significant contribution to CSIRO and Australia in understanding and harnessing the opportunities that digital and data science can deliver,” Dr Marshall said.
“Our relationship will continue beyond Data61, with CSIRO and Adrian exploring how we can work together on the new venture.”
In his time at Data61, Turner has advocated strongly for Australia to become world leader in technology.
“Every sector of the global economy has been re-defined as a result of digital science and technology and the extensive use of data,” he said last year.
"This next digital wave to revolutionise existing industries and create entirely new ones is ours to capture. But the opportunity is perishable if we don't collectively take action now.”
The CSIRO has begun a global search for Turner’s replacement.