Shannon O’Rourke named as new CEO of FBICRC

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The Future Battery Industries Cooperative Research Centre’s (FBICRC) Board of Directors are pleased to announce the appointment of Shannon O’Rourke as Chief Executive Officer.

Shannon is a seasoned executive with 25 years’ experience in the energy sector including senior management roles with Woodside, Chevron and industrial research with Rio Tinto.

Board Chair Tim Shanahan said Shannon’s appointment came at a transition point in the FBICRC’s six-year lifespan.

“Shannon is well placed to lead FBICRC through its next phase of activities – delivering on the outcomes expected from its research and development collaborations and shaping a growth agenda.

“His career spans traditional and renewable energy markets with a track record of success in the commercialisation of research outcomes including managing CRC collaborations through the Future Fuels CRC and the CO2 CRC.

“I look forward to working with Shannon as we take on the next phase of our journey to accelerate the growth in investment and employment in battery industries in Australia,” Mr Shanahan said.

Mr Shanahan also acknowledged the contribution of founding CEO Stedman Ellis.

“Stedman has played a pivotal role in the success of the FBICRC to date, and as we approach this organisational transition, I have every confidence that Shannon will be able to capitalise on the solid foundation that has been established under Stedman’s leadership over the past three years,” Mr Shanahan said.

Shannon will officially join the organisation on 1 December, 2021 with a handover planned to ensure a smooth transition.

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