UK: Dr Vanessa Lawrence CB, who has led Britain's national mapping authority for almost 14 years as its Director General and Chief Executive has announced that from 14 April she will focus for the rest of the year on the growth plans of Ordnance Survey internationally as Secretary General of Ordnance Survey International.
Neil Ackroyd, who is currently Deputy Director General and Director of Operations will become the Acting Director General and Chief Executive of Ordnance Survey in the interim while an open recruitment process begins to appoint a permanent successor.
In addition, in her role as co-Chair of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM), Dr Lawrence will continue her work globally, with others, to assist the understanding, at the highest levels of countries, of the vital use of authoritative, maintained geospatial information that is so important for sustainable development, economic growth and security of nations.
Dr. Lawrence said, “I will always be proud to have led Ordnance Survey through such interesting times, from the emergence of digital geography as a business opportunity to its position today where our products underpin so much of everyone's daily lives from maps in mobile devices through to underpinning much of the information management of the London Olympic Games. Most people do not realise they are often using 'geography in disguise' from Ordnance Survey to make their daily decisions, whether it be when they are obtaining an insurance quote or when they are organising their travel plans using their Sat Nav or mapping from Google or Microsoft. I have worked with an incredible group of people at Ordnance Survey who have turned this iconic organisation into a very profitable enterprise that is at the cutting edge of innovation while never forgetting the historic roots from which it came."
Source: Ordnance Survey