Australian Information Industry Association
National Board of Directors
The AIIA's influential Board of Directors are leaders in the technology business community and set the agenda for the Digital industry in Australia.
The Board of Directors oversees all AIIA operations, develops the National Business Plan, and sets the strategic direction of the Association.
Directors are elected for a period of three years from the date of their election. The Board selects appointed directors and their terms may be up to three years.
The Association’s Chair is elected from, and by, members of the Board.
Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer,
As Deloitte’s Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer, Robert positions the firm to tackle the disruption of technology, new competitors, challenging economic conditions and changing regulatory priorities. His contributions to the Australian technology industry was recognised in late 2014, with his admission as a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society.
Throughout his career, Robert has retained his focus on technology issues, and is passionate about shaping the firm’s response to the huge changes to Australia’s society and economy because of technology, digital disruption and the shift to an information economy.
He is particularly known for his work in business transformation, digital disruption and information management through governance or board roles with professional and industry associations, his books, media and client work.
Immediate Past Chair
Chief Executive Officer,
John Paitaridis is the Chief Executive Officer, Technology Portfolio at BGH Capital, the leading private equity fund investing in Australia and New Zealand. John is a recognised leader in the Australian technology industry and business community. He is committed to the country’s digital future with a deep passion for customers and a proven ability to translate vision and strategy into execution and results.
John was recently Managing Director, Optus Business. During his 7 year tenure as MD he led the multi-year transformation to build Optus Business into one of Australia’s leading end-to-end digital-centric ICT organisations. John created new growth engines in enterprise mobility, collaboration, cloud, IOT and cyber security. John was accountable for all aspects of Optus Business including strategy, product, go-to-market, sales, marketing, operations and service delivery.
Previously, John was Executive Director at Telstra where he was responsible for Network Products and Services and Enterprise portfolios. A seasoned senior executive, John has a strong track record of driving growth in revenue and profitability with a committed focus on serving customers and building high performance teams.
With over 25 years’ experience in the technology industry, including almost 10 years based in Europe and Asia, John has been responsible for enabling the digital transformation and technology strategies for some of most significant public-sector organisations and global enterprises across banking and financial services, retail, media, energy, health and mining sectors.
John holds a Bachelor of Economics degree and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In 2012, he was appointed as a member of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) National Board of Directors and in 2016 was elected Chairman of AIIA. In 2017, John was appointed National Board Director, Business Higher Education Round Table (BHERT). John serves as a Member of the Program Advisory Council for the Science and Industry Endowment Fund (SIEF), CSIRO.
Charles provides corporate advisory services to the technology industry including business strategy, mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity finance, and IPOs through his own company ITFC, investment bank KTM Capital and venture capital firm KTM Ventures. Clients range from the major banks to small startups.
Prior industry roles include COO for what was Australia's largest tech incubator, ATP Innovations, GM for ASX-listed UCMS, and exec roles at multinationals Hitachi Data Systems, HP, SAP Software and Unisys.
Charles has been involved in the AIIA for many years, including the AIIA board, Treasurer, Exco member, Chair NSW Council, iAwards Governance Council and inaugural chair of three Special Interest Groups. He is also a member of two surf clubs and in 2011 received an Australian Honours List Award for Courage relation to a shark attack.
Angela Fox, Leader, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Commercial and Public Sector, Dell EMC Australia and New Zealand, is responsible for the sustained business success of the company in both countries.
Based in Sydney, Angela leads the commercial and public sector strategy and direction of the business while maintaining a commitment to keeping customers at the core of what Dell EMC does.
Angela joined Dell in 2006. Her career moved her to Australia then Singapore, taking executive responsibilities across the broader Asia Pacific and Japan region. In July 2014, Angela was appointed the Managing Director for Dell ANZ.
During her time in this role, Angela drew on her solutions and services experience to help customers achieve their IT needs.
She led the business to deliver market leading benefits to large organisations across private and public sectors, small and medium businesses, and consumers.
Angela has a passion for people management and is a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion. She launched the Dell Australia and New Zealand Diversity and Inclusion Council and is a founding member of the APJ Diversity and Inclusion Council. Angela plays a pivotal role in driving Dell EMC cultural initiatives in ANZ by supporting several internal employee resource groups (ERG) that represent the team’s passion. Angela is a vocal advocate for career success, believing a person’s adaptability and openness to embrace new challenges are key drivers to progression.
Her own career path has cemented the belief that broad experiences and the ability to be remain flexible will open alternative career paths. Angela is a promoter of mentoring, advocacy and sponsorship within the company having experienced first‐hand the success these relationships manifest.
She continues to actively supports Dell’s Women in IT Executive Mentoring (DELL WITEM) program, which has recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, and has taken on the role as executive sponsor for the Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network (DWEN). Angela graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from the University of Auckland. Before embarking on her IT career.
She manages her life and career from Sydney, with the support of her husband and daughter.
Chief Executive Officer,
I am currently the CEO of SME Gateway, responsible for providing access to government for some 400+ members across Australia.
his organisation has had significant growth in the last two years and now provides substantial input both through the AIIA and other sources (such as the DTA) for the formation of policy and implementation of engagement of SMEs with government and Defence.
I have been actively involved in the AIIA through the Federal Council in the ACT for eight years.
During that time, I have been an active Council member, undertaking the role of Secretary and standing in when required as the Deputy and Council Chair.
My background is one of significant government engagement ranging from procurement and establishment of major panels through to the assistance in the formation of policy and execution thereof.
I have, of recent times, been working closely with the DTA and the examining the challenges of SME engagement.
Australian Data Centres
Megan James is the CEO of Australian Data Centres (ADC) based in Canberra.
Australian Data Centres is the only privately wholly Australian Data Centre in the country and Megan has been with the organisation since its inception as a start-up.
Prior to ADC Megan was one of the founding staff at Global Switch in Sydney (2001) when the awareness of data centres was starting to evolve.
She has been in the IT Industry for over 25 years with roles in storage, hardware software and a dot.com start up.
She is passionate about Australian SME's, start-ups and supporting organisations as they evolve to the cloud and digital transformation.
Megan is the Vice President for Women in IT and Communications (WIC) based in Canberra which is a growing not for profit supporting students, and women in STEM and IT.
She also sits on the Board of Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) and is an activate advocate and public speaker in this space.
Megan is very active in the local community and also spends her spare time by the pool as a Bronze Certified Swim Coach, and mentoring young women and graduates.
Ken Boal is Vice President of Cisco Australia & New Zealand (ANZ). Ken has a twenty-year plus track record in the IT and Communications industry, supporting the public and private sector achieve transformation, improved productivity and sustainable growth through technology innovation. Ken is responsible for all aspects of Cisco’s business in Australia & New Zealand, spanning sales & business development, technical engineering, services, customer success, local partnerships and innovation.
Ken is passionate and committed to working with business and the higher education sector to enhance Australia’s economy. Outside of Cisco, Ken is the President of the Business / Higher Education (B/HERT) Roundtable; on the board of the Australian Information Industry Association(AIIA); and co-chairs the Cybersecurity Alliance in the Business Council of Australia . He was also appointed to the Commonwealth Science Council in October 2014 and is a passionate STEM advocate.
Prior to joining Cisco, Ken spent 13 years at Anixter Inc/ NetStar and Honeywell Inc. in engineering, sales and management roles. Boal graduated from the University of Queensland in 1991 with a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (Communications & Electronics).
Ken currently lives in Melbourne with his wife and three children.
Director of Entrepreneurship,
University of Technology Sydney
Murray Hurps has been coding for 24 years, and running profitable software companies in Sydney for 16 years, mainly in the Internet filtering space.
Having seen what Sydney was like for startups 16 years ago, and how far it has come recently, Murray has dedicated his last few years to organisations that support Australian startups. This work has included founding Startup Muster, the largest survey of Australian startups, running Fishburners, Australia's largest startup space, and significant volunteer contributions to #StartupAUS.
He's excited to contribute to the AIIA, and ensure it can engage with not just medium to large tech companies, but also our future medium to large tech companies.
Information Professionals Pty Ltd
Mark formed Information Professionals Group (IPG) in 2005, after a career of successfully delivering Software Development and Business Transformation programs in the Telecommunications, Transport and Government sectors here in Australia, and overseas including the United States.
IPG now provides ICT and Digital services to government and other sectors in areas ranging from Business Transformation, ICT Strategy, ICT Sourcing, Information Management, Enterprise Architecture and Digital Innovation. Mark is a highly credentialed program manager and adviser, specialised in leading, reviewing and advising organisations on the delivery of ICT, Digital & Business Transformational Programs.
Mark was appointed to the QLD Council of AIIA in 2013 and to the AIIA Board of Directors in 2015. He holds a Degree in Applied Science – Mathematics, an MBA, and executive education with Harvard Business School and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
As the Managing Director of Microsoft Australia I'm responsible for Microsoft's business here, ensuring the company meets the needs of all our customers and the 11,000 plus partners who sell or build on the Microsoft platform.
As a senior technology industry leader I live and breathe client success through the application of technology.
I see my role primarily as motivating high calibre people to focus on helping clients achieve the outcomes they seek for their businesses and organizations.
Before taking on the role of Managing Director, Microsoft Australia, I was Director of Microsoft's Enterprise and Partner Group, bringing together business insights, technology and people to deliver great solutions for some of Australia's largest companies. I look forward to being considered to join the board, with Mark Leigh (Director - One Commercial Partner, Microsoft Australia) as my delegate.
David La Rose,
Appointed as Managing Director, IBM Australia and New Zealand in October 2017, David is responsible for the vision and overall performance of the business in the region.
He is a global executive with extensive leadership experience working in Australia, Asia and Europe spanning sales and general management in the highly competitive ICT industry.
Throughout his career at IBM he has held a series of progressive leadership roles in sales, channel management, and brand management across global regions spanning 170 countries. Along with increasing P&L responsibility, he has led thousands of cross-functional employees across sales, finance, marketing, communications, HR, and support functions.
David has extensive experience in resolving complex business issues, identifying growth opportunities and a passion for driving the business performance with a strong focus on culture and workforce engagement.
Vice President and Regional Director,
Sharryn Napier brings 20 years’ experience in the IT industry to her role as Vice President and Regional Director, Qlik Australia and New Zealand.
Sharryn is responsible for driving sustained growth and sales for Qlik’s visual analytics business, and providing strategic direction for the company (A&NZ).
She has held senior positions at several global companies. Prior to Qlik, she was the Vice President of APAC & Japan for Serena Software where she was responsible for the company’s expansion in the region, Sharryn was also Senior Director and General Manager APJ CA Technologies. She was a Business Consultant at Deloitte, specializing in Web Application Design and Development for global enterprises.
She’s based in Sydney and a member of Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Chief Customer Officer,
As Chief Customer Officer for Telstra Enterprise, John Ieraci leads the Customer Management and sales division for Telstra’s Enterprise and Government portfolio. In addition, John has accountability for the Telstra Broadcast Services and Telstra Mining Services businesses.
John has developed deep domestic and international expertise during more than 20 years experience in the telecommunications industry. He commenced his career as a network engineer, then moving into cross company product portfolio leadership positions before transitioning to business development and sales, both in technology and service provider sectors of the market.
John holds a Bachelor of Engineering specialising in Telecommunications systems and joined Telstra in 2007. Prior roles include working at Ericsson and Marconi communications.
John has been a member of the Telstra Executive Team since 2007, and also an active AIIA Victorian Council member since 2015. He is passionate about the role IT&T can play in shaping all Australian Industries.
While the detail of the typical Managing Director role is very much what I do day to day, what I am actually responsible for is change. In business today, that is often called transformation. No matter the term, my job is to ensure that our team in ANZ, and our business across all Government,Commercial, Consumer, and Emerging Devices segments have the right strategy and mechanisms in place to drive forward with a level of confidence.
Blue Crystal Solutions
Vito Rinaldi is the Managing Director of Blue Crystal Solutions, which has its national headquarters in Adelaide. He is dedicated to driving innovation and maximising business performance. By putting the customer at the centre of everything he does, Vito has created a personal approach to application, database management and cloud consulting. At Blue Crystal Solutions, Vito oversees all operations nationally within Australia, with more than 25 years of experience in IT and forming strategic partnerships.
Vito’s passion is for digital transformation and having the AIIA voice heard, not only across large multi-nationals but across the small to medium organisation punching above their weight. He is also passionate about representing small to middle sized organisations into Local, State and Federal Government, having an influence in the direction of ICT in Australia. Vito has a Bachelor of computing systems degree in IT and is actively engaged in the local community in sporting teams and IT leadership programs. Prior to starting BCS Vito worked at EDS for 8 years in both technical and management roles.
Business Leader, ANZ,
Karl Sice is Country Business Leader for ANZ at Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise. He has an outstanding career track record of growing sales and profit to drive business growth, in a diverse range of organisations spanning every aspect of the IT industry.
Karl’s 30 year career includes executive roles at ASI Solutions, Staples, Acronis, Gartner, Sun Microsystems, American Express & Dell. Karl is a Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders, and an active participant in the Member Exchange mentoring program. He is a guest lecturer for the MBA programs at Macquarie University and UTS and mentors post graduate students. Karl supports Vinnies Australia, with advice and active fundraising participation.
Karl’s achievements have been recognised through:
- ARN Hall of Fame - 2017
- ARN Women in ICT Awards - Judge 2014 - 2019
- Australian Institute of Management - Manager of the Year Finalist 2015
- ARN ICT Industry Awards - Best Partner Performance Initiative 2016
DataDriven specialises in ICT strategy, go‐to-market planning and execution and C‐level research/advisory services. Key capabilities include research‐based insights, thought-leadership content, marketing strategy consulting projects, and presentations at events ranging from facilitation of small C‐level roundtables, through to ‘big‐tent’ major keynotes with audiences in the thousands.
Craig recently returned to Australia from 4 years in Fujitsu’s Tokyo HQ in various roles including VP Global Strategy/International Marketing & Digital Services, SVP and Chief of Staff for Fujitsu’s $14Bn International Business, and Head of Marketing Fujitsu Asia. During this time, he was a key driver of the international roll-out of Fujitsu’s Digital Transformation portfolio of solutions, software, services, hardware, and cutting-edge technologies including global Cloud, IOT, Big Data/Analytics, Mobility, Security and AI/Robotics offerings.
Prior Craig was Executive General Manager Marketing and CTO ANZ/Asia/Pacific for Fujitsu. Previous roles include CEO of Gartner Japan, Group VP Gartner Research APJ, Group VP and Global Chief of Research for Gartner Technology and Service Providers business, and VP Distinguished Analyst Gartner IT Marketing and Channel Strategies. Other C-level roles include Global VP Frost & Sullivan ICT Practice and GM Marketing Planning and Alliances BT Australasia. Craig has held board positions in Gartner Japan, Gartner International, Ozhub, AIIA, The Boys’ Brigade Australia and a number of NFPs and start-ups.
Craig holds an MBA in International Business (SGSM), is on the AIIA NSW Council, a Fellow of the Institute of Managers & Leaders and Vice-Chair ACS(NSW) and a director of the Data Privacy Association. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Business Administration by research(DBA) at USQ, on National Culture influence on ICT Strategy and Investment (Australia compared to Japan).
Founder and Chief Executive Officer,
Rupert Taylor-Price founded Vault in 2012, driven by his strong desire to improve citizen’s lives through government. Australian-owned and operated Vault is dedicated to providing cloud services to the Australian Government and its partners with an emphasis on security.
In March 2017, Vault became one of the first two cloud service providers to be granted the Protected level of certification from the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD), allowing Vault to store highly classified government information. Vault has created one of the world’s most secure clouds, with many large Government agencies already procuring Vault’s services, including the Digital Transformation Agency, the Department of Human Services, the Department of Employment, the Department of Health, the Department of Social Services and the Department of Defence.
Rupert’s has a long history of handling sensitive data, stemming from his eight years as Chief Executive Officer at JN Solutions. At JN Solutions, Rupert developed a world-leading Software-as-a-Service Information Management Platform for the Australian Government which provided extensive services to the community services sector. JN Solutions’ products were focused on meeting high-security requirements because the data it held was sensitive personal information, including citizen’s social security and health records. Under Rupert, the organisation grew to be the market leader in multiple industries, delivering over $1bn AUD in payments to customers while maintaining a strong track record in claim compliance and generating operational efficiencies.
As a result of his extensive experience in the industry, Rupert is recognised as an expert in government cloud services and cybersecurity. He is a highly sought-after speaker at technology conferences and is often called upon to provide advice to major government departments on the adoption of cloud by Government and cloud strategy.
Rupert’s educational achievements include a Bachelor of Physics Hons from the University of Southampton.