After more than 5 years leading GALVmed, and having recently received our latest round of funding, the time has come to consider my retirement. At our recent Board meeting in Casablanca, I indicated to the Board my intention to step down as Chief Executive. The process of selecting my successor will start shortly and I will remain in post until my successor is in position and established in the role. This is expected to take several months and there is flexibility around the exact date on which GALVmed’s incoming Chief Executive will take over. Obviously, managing an effective hand-over of responsibilities is critical to the future success of GALVmed.
It has been both exciting and challenging to lead GALVmed, so I will leave with mixed feelings. Predominant, however, will be the knowledge that GALVmed has achieved a great deal and will continue to play an important part in meeting the animal health needs of smallholder farmers in Africa and South Asia. This is in large part down to the quality of the extended team I have the pleasure of working with, within GALVmed and through our numerous partners.
I am confident GALVmed will go on to bigger and better things under new leadership and that bringing in a new vision will only be beneficial to GALVmed’s ability to deliver in the future.
However, I am not going just yet, so there is no need for lengthy valedictories; I just wanted to let you know of my intentions and to provide an assurance that effective succession plans are in place.