National ICT Australia announced yesterday that president and CEO Dr Mel Slater tendered his resignation effective May 31, 2005.
Slater cited "personal considerations" for his decision to give up the post and return to the US.
"My decision to resign is driven by personal reasons, and it is with heartfelt regret that I must return to the US," Slater said. "However, I would not be doing this if I were not supremely confident that a strong foundation has been laid for NICTA's continued success."
Slater said NICTA is on track to receiving significant recognition both as a leading international ICT research institute, and as a leader in helping to provide significant economic benefit for Australia.
"I am immensely proud of the people at NICTA and take great pride in what they have accomplished to date," he said.
NICTA chairman, Neville Roach, said the board thanks Slater for helping build the foundation for Australia's ICT centre of excellence.
"When Slater arrived in Australia, NICTA had a small number of full-time staff; it now has more than 200 employees and is working with its partner universities with over 100 students on NICTA scholarships for PhD degrees covering a wide range of information and communication technologies," Roach said.
NICTA board member Dr David Skellern has been appointed to the position of deputy CEO until May 31. After May 31 Dr. Skellern will assume the position of interim CEO until a new CEO is appointed. A search for a new CEO will begin immediately.
Slater urges Australia to "stay focused, be patient, and be ready to play a leadership role as the world's ICT economy revives over the next five to seven years."