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Introducing The Cochrane Collaboration's new CEO

Dear Colleagues,

I am thrilled to have started in post as The Cochrane Collaboration’s new Chief Executive Officer and look forward to working with you all. It was a pleasure to meet many of you at the Colloquium in Auckland in October, and thank you for the warm welcome I received there. It was a memorable introduction to the Collaboration and I extend my thanks to the New Zealand Branch for their tremendous organisation of the event. 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Paul Farenden, the outgoing Interim Executive Director, who has managed operations since Nick Royle’s departure earlier in the year. Particular thanks must also go to David Tovey, Editor in Chief of The Cochrane Library, who took on very heavy additional tasks during this interim period; and to Jonathan Craig and Jeremy Grimshaw, Co-Chairs of the Collaboration’s Steering Group, who shouldered many additional burdens.

My task for the coming weeks and months is to continue what I began in Auckland: to get to know you and the organisation; to listen, to evaluate and plan; and then to begin implementing change. I’ve already begun working closely with the Steering Group and the Co-Chairs, who have been enormously supportive of my initial ideas; and it’s a privilege to be joining and leading so many talented, professional staff within the Operations and Editorial units and the Web and IMS teams.

As I said after my appointment, my mission is to build on the Collaboration’s dynamic growth over nearly two decades and expand its influence and impact in future. This will be achieved, in large part, by strengthening the organisation’s central infrastructure which supports you, the people behind the Collaboration’s unique vision and amazing success.

Best wishes,

Mark G. Wilson

Chief Executive Officer

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