Tuesday 5th August 2003
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"Dr Lee has an impressive track record in management and commercialisation of research," Genesis chief executive Dr Jim Watson says. "He also has an excellent network of contacts, having held senior positions in the North American forest and paper products industry for over 25 years."
Dr Lee completed a PhD in chemical and materials engineering at Auckland University and has worked for leading US forest and paper products companies since then. Most recently he has been vice president, Global Research and Development for Carter Holt Harvey's parent company International Paper, where he was responsible for research management, technology collaborations and commercialisation of new products. He has also held senior positions with Mead Paper Company and Weyerhaeuser Company.
Dr Lee has had extensive experience in developing innovative products and production technologies. He has expertise in strategic planning, innovation and internal ventures, and securing capital investments as well as managing research and product development.
Dr Lee will report directly to the Genesis board. Dr Watson will continue as chief executive of Genesis Research and will also resume responsibility as Head of the Health Division following the completion of Dr Doug Williams' term in New Zealand.
The establishment of AgriGenesis is expected to be completed by September.
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