Professor Mario Caccamo has been appointed as the new chief executive of the UK crop science organisation NIAB.
A computer scientist by training, Professor Caccamo is currently NIAB’s Deputy Director and Managing Director of NIAB EMR. He has more than 20 years’ experience in life science research and big data, including specific projects to apply the latest DNA sequencing technologies and bioinformatics methods to advance scientific understanding of crop genetics and the interaction of agricultural crops with their environment.
Marioo joined NIAB from The Genome Analysis Centre, now known as The Earlham Institute, in 2015 as Head of Crop Bioinformatics. He became Managing Director of NIAB EMR in 2017, where he has overseen a hugely successful programme of growth in the organisation’s research and commercial activity, realising the opportunities offered by its acquisition by NIAB in 2016, alongside a multi-million pound redevelopment programme.
Mario will take over from retiring CEO Dr Tina Barsby in October 2021.
NIAB Board Chairman Jim Godfrey said: “We are delighted to appoint Mario, as NIAB’s new Chief Executive, from an extremely high calibre line-up of candidates. His scientific, commercial and managerial expertise offers the right combination to continue and build upon NIAB’s phenomenal expansion in crop research and service provision achieved through the ambitious, wide-ranging programme of diversification, investment, merger and acquisition led by Tina over the past decade.”