Media Release Appointment of the Head of Economic Research Department

Dr John Simon has been appointed to the position of Head of Economic Research Department. This appointment follows a selection process which considered internal and external candidates. Dr Simon takes over the role from Dr Alexandra Heath, who was recently appointed to the position of Head of Economic Analysis Department.

Dr Simon has been the Deputy Head of Economic Research Department at the Bank since February 2014. Prior to this he undertook a three-year secondment to the International Monetary Fund, where he worked on the World Economic Outlook. He was previously the Chief Manager in the Payments Policy Department of the Bank. Dr Simon holds a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an honours degree in economics and a science degree, both from the Australian National University. He has published numerous articles on macroeconomics, including on the ‘Great Moderation’, monetary policy and payments policy.


Media Office
Information Department
Reserve Bank of Australia

Phone: +61 2 9551 9720
Fax: +61 2 9551 8033