Physics: Fabiola Gianotti will take over as CERN boss (Physicsworld.com)
Editor’s Note: Italian Fabiola Gianotti will become the first woman to hold the prestigious position at CERN
Excerpt from article on physicsworld.com about her appointment:
"The Italian particle physicist Fabiola Gianotti is to become the 16th director-general of the CERN particle-physics laboratory. Gianotti, 52, was selected today at a meeting of the CERN Council, making her the first woman – and fourth Italian – to hold the position. Gianotti, who will take up the position on 1 January 2016 for a five-year period, says that it will be a "great honour and responsibility" to lead CERN.
Three candidates were shortlisted for the job after being put forward by a search committee, but according to CERN Council president Agnieszka Zalewska it was Gianotti’s "vision for CERN’s future, coupled with her in-depth knowledge of both CERN and the field of experimental particle physics" that led them to pick the Italian. "Fabiola Gianotti is an excellent choice to be my successor, and I am confident that CERN will be in very good hands," says current CERN boss Rolf-Dieter Heuer, who will step down on 31 December 2015."