As you are aware, our Chief Operating Officer Jack Anderson will be leaving Fermilab; his last day will be Friday, Oct. 4. In his 14 months here, Jack has performed admirably as COO and associate laboratory director (ALD) for operations. He made considerable progress in moving the laboratory forward, most notably in the contractor assurance and project management areas. I wish him well in his new position as deputy director for operations at Brookhaven National Laboratory.
As many of you heard me say during my first week at Fermilab, organizational changes will be necessary to best position our lab to meet its future challenges. The first step in this reorganization takes place this Friday, when two individuals will separately step into the COO and ALD for operations positions.
I have appointed Vicky White as the laboratory’s COO. In this new position, which she has agreed to serve through mid-2014, Vicky will further develop the Strategic Lab Agenda, lead the Contractor Assurance System, work closely with our partners in the Department of Energy and support key laboratory operations initiatives. She will facilitate and integrate all of the mission support activities to ensure effective and efficient laboratory operations. In the near term, Vicky will also continue in her current position as chief information officer and ALD for computing.
Randy Ortgiesen will become the new ALD for operations. He will lead the lab’s day-to-day operations, managing the Business Services Section, Facilities Engineering Services Section and the Workforce Development and Resources Section. In the near term, Randy will also continue to serve in his current position as head of FESS.
I have selected both Vicky and Randy for these new roles based on their broad and deep knowledge of laboratory operations and DOE interfaces in critical mission support areas, as well as their demonstrated leadership and management abilities. They will work closely together to ensure a smooth transition for the laboratory’s operations and our partners. Please join me in congratulating Vicky and Randy on their new positions, and give them your full support throughout this important transition period.