Victoria Haynes, president and chief executive officer at RTI International, has decided to retire.

Haynes informed employees on Thursday that she would step down sometime in the near future. The veteran executive said she planned to help a search committee find a successor.

Haynes has led RTI since 1999. She is 63.

One of the first tenants in Research Triangle Park, RTI is a nonprofit research with a presence in 40 countries and with about 2,800 employees.

Haynes has overseen rapid growth of RTI during her tenure, including numerous acquisitions and spin-offs of technology such as in semiconductors.

“Having spent the past 12 years working alongside a remarkable group of people who passionately pursue and live RTI’s mission of improving the human condition, I cannot begin to express my deep admiration for all that you and this organization have accomplished,” Haynes said in a statement.

“As I reflect on RTI’s many great achievements, both during my tenure and in the half century since its founding, there is no doubt in my mind that RTI will see extraordinary and even greater accomplishments during its next 50 years,” she said.

Before joining RTI, she was vice president of the Advanced Technology Group and chief technical officer at Goodrich Corp. She also held leadership and managerial roles at Monsanto Co.

In a statement, RTI’s Board of Governors and new Chairman William Moore Jr. praised Haynes for her service.

“For the past 12 years, Victoria has led RTI with exceptional skill and business acumen,” Moore said in the statement. “Under her leadership, RTI experienced growth and business success unparalleled in its history.”

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