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									MEDIA RELEASE                                                                  23 December 2009

            LEIGH CLIFFORD APPOINTED CHAIRMAN
Professor Terry Dwyer, Director, today announced the appointment of Leigh Clifford AO
as the new Chairman of the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute.

Mr Clifford, the current Chairman of Qantas and former chief executive of Rio Tinto,
succeeds retiring Chairman Laurence G Cox this month.

Professor Dwyer said Mr Clifford would strengthen the board by bringing diverse
corporate experience.

“With almost 40 years experience in the corporate sector both in Australia and overseas,
Leigh will add invaluable expertise to the board to continue building on the success of the
Institute. We are delighted to have someone of his calibre lead our team,” Professor
Dwyer said.

Mr Clifford said: “Murdoch Childrens is recognised globally for its work and has a track
record of research excellence. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to help the Institute
achieve its mission to improve the health and wellbeing of Australian children and their
families.”

Mr Clifford held a wide variety of operational and marketing roles during his 37 year career
at Rio Tinto, and was appointed as chief executive in 2000. He retired from the role in
April 2007 and joined the board of Qantas as Chairman in November 2007. He is also a
director of Barclays Bank, Bechtel Group Inc in the USA, Chairman of Bechtel Australia
Pty Ltd, and senior adviser to Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. Mr Clifford was honoured as
an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AO) on Australia Day 2008.

Professor Dwyer thanked Mr Cox for his contribution: “Having led growth and change to
enable Murdoch Childrens to become what it is today, Laurie will leave an enduring legacy
as our researchers continue to create knowledge to improve the health and happiness of
children.”

Mr Cox joined the Institute as a founding director in 1985 and was appointed Chairman in
1993.

Murdoch Childrens is Australia's largest and most prestigious research institute, with more
than 1,200 researchers. Key priority areas include diabetes, allergies, asthma, premature
birth and mental health problems, which are on the rise in our children, and conditions
such as cancer and genetic disorders that remain unsolved.
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                       Patron       Dame Elisabeth Murdoch AC DBE     Royal Children’s Hospital   Phone +613 8341 6200
                       Chairman     Mr Laurence G Cox AO              Flemington Road Parkville   Fax +613 9348 1391
                       Director     Professor Terry Dwyer AO MD MPH   Victoria 3052 Australia     www.mcri.edu.au
                       Ambassador   Sarah Murdoch                                                 ABN 21 006 566 972

								
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