Well, that was quick.
Retired Gen. Walter Natynczyk will depart his post as president of the Canadian Space Agency next month after only 15 months on the job. He will replace Mary Chaput as deputy minister of Veterans Affairs effective Nov. 3.
Natynczyk was appointed CSA president on Aug. 6, 2013. He had previously served as chief of defence staff, Canadian Forces, from 2008 to 2012.
“It has been an honor to serve as President of the Canadian Space Agency,” Natynczyk said in a statement on the CSA website. “The Agency has extraordinary potential and an exciting destiny. I believe in its employees. I believe in its mission. Space touches every Canadian, every day of their lives. No matter where I am, I will continue to support Canada’s space program.”
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper gave no reason for the change. Nor did he appoint a replacement for Natynczyk.
UPDATE: Luc Brule, vice-president of the Canadian Space Agency, will take over as president on an interim basis.