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|Jeffrey Wadsworth, Executive Vice President of Battelle's Global Laboratory Operations, will succeed Carl Kohrt as President and CEO of Battelle on January 1, 2009. (PRNewsFoto/Battelle)|
Battelle today announced the selection of Jeffrey Wadsworth as its next President and Chief Executive Officer. Wadsworth will succeed Carl Kohrt when he retires at the end of this year. Wadsworth will assume the position on January 1, 2009, as part of a structured, multi-year, succession-planning effort.
"We believe that Jeff's selection demonstrates our continued effort to build a strong, focused management team that advances Battelle's strategy," said John B. McCoy, Chairman of Battelle's Board of Directors. "Over the last few years Jeff has played an instrumental role in developing our organization's global growth strategy by expanding our laboratory business and recruiting new talent to our organization."
Wadsworth, 58, said he anticipates a smooth transition and looks forward to the opportunities that lie ahead as Battelle's 8th CEO in the company's 80-year-history. "It is an honor to lead the nation's preeminent independent research and development enterprise following a strong leader like Carl," Wadsworth said. "I look forward to continuing our excellence in operations and using our scientific research expertise to manage the nation's best national scientific laboratories; to develop innovative products and services; and to address the nation's health and life sciences, energy, and security needs."
Wadsworth possesses an admirable combination of commercialization experience and scientific expertise. He began his career at Lockheed Missiles and Space Company in 1980 where he directed research activity and funding for the Metallurgy division. He joined Battelle in 2002 after 10 years of senior leadership responsibilities at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. During his tenure as Deputy Director for Science and Technology, he significantly increased interactions and collaborations with industry.
During his Battelle career, he led a period of rapid growth as Laboratory Director of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where he presided over the Lab's emergence as the world's leader in neutron science, nanoscience, and high-performance computing. Most recently, in addition to managing Battelle's global lab business, he also has been on the advisory board of Battelle Ventures and managed Battelle's overall S&T investments.
Wadsworth holds B.Met., Ph.D, D. Met., and D. Eng. (honorary) degrees from Sheffield University. He has been elected a Fellow of three societies. In 2005 he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in recognition of his scientific contributions to their literature and for scientific leadership supporting national security.
"I'm very proud and excited for Jeff, and look forward to him advancing Battelle's strategic growth strategy," Kohrt said. "I remain committed to the day-to-day operations of Battelle and will work hard to keep us moving in a positive direction until my final day here."
Kohrt joined Battelle in 2001 after a distinguished 29-year career at Kodak in Rochester, New York, where he served in numerous senior executive, international, and technical positions. During his Battelle tenure, the organization's revenue and earnings have grown more than two-fold. Today, Battelle is widely recognized for its lab management excellence in addition to the application and commercialization of cutting-edge scientific research.
Kohrt has endeared himself to the community through his efforts in support of science, technology, engineering and math education, both in Ohio and nationally. He was recently honored as the American Red Cross' Humanitarian of the Year, and will receive a similar honor this fall from Goodwill Industries.
Battelle is the world's largest non-profit independent research and development organization, providing innovative solutions to the world's most pressing needs through its four global businesses: Laboratory Management, National Security, Energy Technology, and Health and Life Sciences. It advances scientific discovery and application by conducting $4 billion in global R&D annually through contract research, laboratory management and technology commercialization. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Battelle oversees 20,400 employees in more than 120 locations worldwide, including seven national laboratories which Battelle manages or co-manages for the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Battelle also is one of the nation's leading charitable trusts focusing on societal and economic impact and actively supporting and promoting science and math education.
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